If you have recently upgraded to Windows 7, you may be wondering where familiar buttons such as Show Desktop are now located. This is now a blank rectangle, at the very right of the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen. Moving your mouse pointer over the blank rectangle or clicking once on it will minimise all open programs and display the Desktop.
The Taskbar shows what programs you have open. If, for example, you had three Excel workbooks open, you will see the Excel icon on the Taskbar. When you hover your mouse over the icon, thumbnail views of each workbook will be displayed, allowing you to click on the workbook you want to see.
At the right-hand of the Taskbar, to the left of the Show Desktop rectangle, is the Notifications area, which shows you what programs are running in the background, e.g. if the printer is in use. It also has the clock, etc.
You can now also “pin” a program or application to the Taskbar, ensuring it is there for easy access at any time. To pin a program, right-click its icon and click Pin to Taskbar. To open the program, just click on its icon on the Taskbar. If you right-click on an icon on your taskbar, you will see a jumplist, showing common actions related to the program, e.g. opening a recently used workbook, when you right-click on the Excel icon.
Program icons on the Taskbar can be rearranged by clicking and dragging.
At the very left of the Taskbar is the Start button which opens the Start menu.