1. Common term used to describe a desktop computer.

2. When referring to an operating system or GUI, the Desktop is a system of organization of icons on a screen. The Microsoft Windows Desktop was first introduced with Microsoft Windows 95 and has been included with all versions of Windows since then. Below is a basic example of the Microsoft Windows Desktop.

Windows 95 Desktop
Windows 95 Desktop

In the above picture, is an example of the Microsoft Windows 95 Desktop. In this picture, there are Desktop icons on the left-hand-side of the window with a blue and white clouds for the wallpaper and the Taskbar is found on the bottom of the screen.

Tip: Press the shortcut key Windows key + D at any time to get to the Windows Desktop. Press the same keys again to restore windows back to how they were before they were minimized.

What icons and items are found on the Windows Desktop?

Some of the most common icons you're likely to find on the Desktop include the My Computer icon, Recycle Bin, your Internet browser icon (e.g. Internet Explorer), and My Documents. On the Windows Desktop, you'll also have access to the Windows Start Menu through the Start button on the Taskbar and the Windows Notification Area.

In some versions of Windows, you may be missing some or all of these icons, you can change what default icons show by following the steps in the link below.

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Also see: Active desktop, Chassis, CTD, Microcomputer, Nettop, Operating system terms, PC, Presentation manager, Remote desktop, Slimline model, Work area