1. Desktop is a term commonly used to describe a desktop computer.
3. Desktops is a Windows Sysinternals utility that allows users to manage applications on up to four virtual desktops, all accessible using the tray icon interface.
4. 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 every version of Windows that followed. The following image is a basic example of the Microsoft Windows Desktop.
Tip: Press the Windows key + D at any time to get to the Windows Desktop. Pressing those same keys again restores windows that were minimized the first time you used the shortcut key combination.
What icons and items are found on the Windows Desktop?
Some of the most common icons on the Desktop include those for My Computer, Recycle Bin, your Internet browser (e.g. Internet Explorer), and My Documents. On the Windows Desktop, you can also have access to the Windows Start Menu through the Start button on the Taskbar, as well as 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.
- How to create shortcut on the Windows Desktop.
- Access Windows Desktop icons without minimizing anything.