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 since then. The image below is an 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 any window that was 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 also have access to the Windows Start Menu through the Start button on the Taskbar, as well as the Windows Notification Area.
If some or all of these icons are missing on the Desktop, you can change which icons are displayed. Click on the link below and follow the steps to show, or hide, these icons.
The date and time is also shown on the Desktop, in the notification area on the taskbar. If the date and time is incorrect, you can change the date and time right from the Desktop.
- How to create shortcut on the Windows Desktop.
- Access Windows Desktop icons without minimizing anything.