Introduction to MS-Windows interface (Desktop background and locations of the computer)

Demonstrate the use of the desktop background as well as working with folders

The colourful desktop background is called wallpaper. It can be a picture or colour. It can be changed to the picture or colour you like.

How to change the desktop background or the wallpaper (Windows 10)

  1. Right click on an empty space on the desktop.
  2. Click on Personalize from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click on the picture you want to use under Choose your picture.
  4. Close the settings window.

Changing the wallpaper to your own picture on the computer

You can take a picture of pupils with your phone, transfer to the computer or lead them to create a picture with the paint application and guide them through the procedure below to use it as the wallpaper.

  1. Right-click an empty space on the desktop.
  2. Click on Personalize from the pop-up menu.
  3. Click on Browse under Choose your picture.
  4. Open the folder in which your picture is located.
  5. Click on the picture.
  6. Click on Choose picture.
  7. Close the settings window.

How to change the wallpaper to a colour

  1. Right-click an empty space on the desktop.
  2. Click on Personalize from the pop-up menu.
  3. Click on the rectangular shape with the down-pointing arrow under Background.
  4. Click on Solid color.
  5. Click on the colour you want under Background colors.
  6. Close the settings window.

How to change the theme colour

Theme colour is the colour that shows on the taskbar and the start menu. It can be set automatically by the computer or you can set it yourself. To set the theme colour, use the steps below;

  1. Right-click on an empty space on the desktop.
  2. Click on Personalize on the pop-up menu.
  3. Click on Colors on the left side of the personalization window.
  4. There is a toggle button under Automatically pick an accent color from my background. If it is on, turn it off for the colors to appear.
  5. Click on the colour you want and close the personalization window.

How to change the theme

The theme is what determines the look of the desktop and also how programs or applications look like when you open them. To change the theme, follow the steps below;

  1. Right-click on an empty space on the desktop.
  2. Click on Personalize on the pop-up menu.
  3. Click on Themes on the left side of the personalization window.
  4. Click on Theme settings.
  5. Click on the theme you want and close the personalization window.

Recycle Bin or Trash Can

The recycle bin or trash can is where deleted items are kept. When an item is deleted on the computer, it goes into the recycle bin and can be restored back to where it was deleted or it can be deleted permanently. If an item is deleted permanently, it means you cannot get it again. To restore a deleted item also means that you would bring it back from the recycle bin to where you deleted it from.

How to delete an item

To delete an item or send it to the recycle bin, follow the steps below;

  1. Right click on the item.
  2. Click on delete on the pop-up menu.

How to restore a deleted item

To bring back the item you have deleted, use the steps below;

  1. Double-click on the Recycle Bin to open it. You can also right click on it and then click on Open from the pop-up menu.
  2. Right-click on the item you want to restore or bring back.
  3. Click on Restore and close the Recycle Bin.

How to delete an item permanently from the Recycle Bin

Deleting an item permanently from the computer means you don’t want it again on the computer so take precautions before deleting an item.

  1. Open the recycle bin.
  2. Right-click on the item you want to delete permanently.
  3. Click on Delete.
  4. There would be a pop-up box that would ask you whether you are sure you want to delete the item permanently, click on Yes.

How to delete all items in the recycle bin permanently at once

These steps will delete everything in the recycle bin permanently.

  1. Right-click on the recycle bin icon on the desktop.
  2. Click on Empty Recycle Bin.
  3. There would be a pop-up box that would ask you whether you are sure you want to delete the items permanently, click on Yes.

Explore the use of copy and paste with the pop-up menu on the desktop

To copy and paste a folder on the desktop means to put an identical version of the folder in a different location(s). The keyboard can also be used to copy and paste a folder but in this case, we are going to use the mouse only to copy and paste a folder on the desktop. Before we copy and paste a folder on the desktop, let us create one.

How to create a folder on the desktop

  1. Right-click an empty space on the desktop.
  2. Put the mouse pointer on New on the pop-up menu.
  3. Click on folder on the drop-down menu.
  4. Type a name for the folder (e.g. Group one).
  5. Click anywhere on the desktop.

Now that we have created our folder, let us copy and paste it on the desktop using the pop-up menu through the procedure below;

  1. Right-click on the folder (The one we created).
  2. Click on Copy on the pop-up menu.
  3. Right-click on a blank space on the desktop.
  4. Click on Paste on the pop-up menu.

(If pupils are in groups, lead them to create folders according to their group names and then guide them to copy and paste on the desktop.)

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