Switching from Mac OS X to Windows 7/Lessons/Level two
You will first see that the desktop in Windows 7 is very clean, with no menu bar at the top, but a single Taskbar at the bottom. This is the most used interface construct, enabling access to the entire file system and to all running programs on the system.
Running programs are contained in the Taskbar, indicated by a glass outline around the icon, intended to bring 'at-a-glance' indication of which programs are running. If there are multiple windows of the program running, you will see a doubled outline around the icon.
When you hover your mouse over an open program, you will see a color highlight over the icon. If you rest your mouse there, live thumbnails of each window will fade into view to show you which documents or browser tabs are open.
Mac OSX 10.5 desktop.jpg
The desktop of OS X 10.5
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The desktop of Windows 7 at Start Up