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Start Menu

Shows Programs, Settings and Folders for the current user


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


Open Applications

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


Notification Area

Shows system icons for network connections, power, audio volume etc as well as notifications for background applications such as your virus/firewall software


Show Desktop

Click here to minimize all open windows and show the desktop, hover mouse over this icon to "peek" at the desktop


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

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