Windows® XP Taskbar
What is a ‘Taskbar’? How do you manage it? What all can you do with it?
Windows® XP is one of the most popular operating systems from Microsoft®, for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, and media centers. Released in 2001, it is the successor to both Windows® 2000 and Windows® ME. In 2006, it was succeeded by Windows Vista®. The ‘Taskbar’ is one of the features of this operating system that at any given time lets you manage the tasks that are running on your desktop. The tasks can be several programs, folders, and documents open on your desktop.
The ‘Taskbar’ is centered across the bottom of your screen. Listed below are details about your ‘Taskbar’ and things you can do with it:
- What is the ‘Taskbar’ made of?
- What can you do with the ‘Taskbar’ in Windows® XP?
- How do you manage and customize the ‘Taskbar’?
What is the ‘Taskbar’ made of?
The ‘Taskbar’ in Windows® XP is made up of the ‘Start’ button, the ‘System Tray’, the ‘Quick Launch’ bar, and the ‘Windows’ tabs. The ‘Start’ button lets you access the Windows® XP ‘Start’ menu. In the ‘System tray’, you will find icons belonging to some of the programs that are currently running, like antivirus, messenger programs, printer and monitor icons, as well as the clock. The tabs display the open windows (programs, folders, documents, etc) between which you can switch easily. The ‘Quick launch’ bar, which is hidden by default, lets you access any program, file, folder, or document directly from the desktop.
What can you do with the ‘ Taskbar ’ in Windows® XP?
The ‘Taskbar’ essentially makes your work on Windows® XP smoother and more efficient. It lets you open and close windows. Windows® XP has a feature that lets you group your files or windows within the same program under one tab. If you want any program to stop running, for instance messenger programs, you can stop them directly by right-clicking and using their menu to close them from the ‘System Tray’. Again, if a program window is buried amongst too many windows, with the ‘Taskbar’ you can instantly bring it to the top of the stack.
Windows® XP gives you the flexibility to manage and customize the ‘Taskbar’ as well. If you want you can lock the ‘Taskbar’, so that you don’t accidentally resize or move it as well as auto-hide it. Apart from this, when your ‘Taskbar’ is unlocked, you can move it to any four sides of the screen, cascade and tile windows, and change the color of the ‘Taskbar’. You can also add new shortcuts or icons of files, folders, and programs in the ‘Quick launch’ bar at any point of time.