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Starting and Closing Windows

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The Start Menu

To begin exploring Windows XP, click the Start button.

When you click the start button, the Start menu appears. The Start menu is your gateway to applications that are on your computer. The left side of the Start menu lists programs, and the right side allows access to common Windows folders (My Documents, for example). It also provides access to Help and Support, Search, and Run.

If you select All Programs, a pop-up menu appears. Pop-up menus like this are called cascading menus. If a cascading menu is available, a small black triangle appears next to the name of the application or function.

Log off and Switch Users

More than one person may use your computer. Windows XP allows everyone who uses your computer to have a separate computer accounts. A computer accounts tracks each person's unique settings, documents, and email accounts.

Windows Xp even enables you to log off the computer so someone else can log on without having to restart the computer.

To log off/ switch users

  • Click the Start menu and click Log Off.
  • Switch User allows someone else to log on to the computer. If you choose to Switch User, your applications will continue to run in the background while the new user logs on.
  • If you choose Log off, your applications will close.
  • In any case, you're taken to a Windows XP log on screen where you're prompted to enter your username and password.

Turn Off and Restart the Computer

When you've finished using Windows XP, be sure to turnoff (or shut down) the computer correctly.

To turn off the computer

  • Click the Start menu.
  • Click Turn Off Computer.

To restart the computer

  • Click the Start menu.
  • Click Turn Off Computer.

Hibernate Windows:

Hibernation is a power-saving state puts your open documents and programs on your hard disk, and then turns off your computer. This function is made availabe in windows 7.
To hibernate follow these steps:
  • Click on start menu
  • Click on the arrow on the right of shut down.
  • Click on Hibernate

Very Short Questions

  • Which of the following Windows do not have Start button?

    Windows 8

    Windows Vista

    Windows XP

    Windows 7

  • You should choose Sleep option when ______.

    the computer is tired after working for the whole day

    you finish working and going to bed

    when computer gets hanged frequently.

    you are leaving for a very short time and want to resume you work shortly

  • The _______ displays the name of every computer user on the computer.

    None of the answers are correct

    welcome screen

    wishlist screen

    command screen

  • If one person is done using a computer and another person want to use it. The first person must _________ the computer.

    leave it as it is

    none of the answers are correct


    shut down

  • Computer is powered using _________.

    power button

    restart butto

    both power and restart button

    either power or restart button

  • Which of the statement is true?

    We need to shut down computer using shut down button in windows.

    We can shut down computer using restart button in the CPU.

    We cannot shut down computer using restart button in start menu.

    We cannot shut down computer using power button in the CPU.

  • In Windows, start button is used to:

    Run applications

    All of answers are correct.

    Turn off the system

    Device setting

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