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Also on your screen should be a horizontal bar with some icons, "start" button and probably the current time. These are most likely at the bottom of your screen (the bottom of the screen is a standard location, it can be moved) and are collectively referred to as the "task" bar. The task bar shows what windows you have open at the moment and also provides a way of switching between them. For instance if you have two different windows open, a word processor document and a browser window for instance. They would both be shown as small buttons in the task bar. You could then read from the browser window and switch your view to the word processor document as easily as left clicking on the appropriate button displayed in the task bar.

Also in the task bar, closest to the clock there will be some icons. These icons show other programs that are running "in the background". On the other side of the bar closest to the "start" button there should also be some other icons displayed. These icons are short cuts to start other programs. Programs that you use very frequently and want access to in a more convenient way than an icon on the desktop. These programs are not currently running.

Please now click on the "start" button in the left most portion of your task bar. The menu will pop up listing more than a few items that could be clicked on. Some of these items are programs, favorites, documents, settings, find, help and run. No need right now to worry about what they are or what they do, these will all be covered in future sections. Notice that some of those choices have a small arrow to their right? With the pop up menu still open move you mouse so that the arrow is over the programs word. From the arrow side another menu should slide out from the side. These are what are called nesting menus. Much like the old Russian nesting dolls where one doll goes inside of another and those inside of another. These menus are menus inside of menus and are used as a way to go from a general topic to a more and more specific one.

On the menu that appeared from the programs category there should be a selection called "accessories". Please hover your arrow over top of this word now. Inside of the menu that appeared from accessories there should be a selection labeled"games" please now move your arrow over top of this.

What you should now be looking at is a hierarchy of menus and sub menus. After the start menu we selected (by hovering our arrow, and thus shifting our focus and showing the computer intent) programs. Inside the menu are a list of very many kinds of programs. After the computer has been used there may be many other selection included in the location. With a new computer is should be fairly sparse. The programs location is the default location where a new program being installed will place a short cut to itself. From general to specific selections. Go ahead and look around on the start menu, by moving your arrow over top of other selections that have an arrow and look at the other nested menus.

Nesting menus is one of the fundamentals of using a computer and is something that you will encounter many times in many different way as you continue to use a computer. Nesting menus will appear also in programs such as word processors for options is font style, font size and so on. Please click below to continue exploring the many ways of interacting with your computer.

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