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1

Start Button

Click this to open the Start Screen (which is the replacement for the Start Menu in Windows 8)

2

Pinned Programs

Known as the Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows XP and Vista, you can pin shortcuts to your favorite programs here so you can launch them quickly

3

Open Applications

All currently opened applications/windows are shown here so you can easily switch between them

4

Notification Area

Shows date/time as well as system icons for network connections, power, audio volume, battery level (if laptop/tablet), Action Center messages etc as well as notifications for background applications such as your virus/firewall software

5

Thumbnail Preview

Hover over any minimized or pinned programs on your taskbar to get a thumbnail preview of that window, makes it easier to switch between applications and choose the windows you want active