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How do you explain what a "desktop" is to a completely, non computer savvy person?

Asked by AshlynM (10607points) October 17th, 2011

A desktop is the screen that displays all the icons, folders and programs on your computer, correct?

So how would you go about explaining how to get there and what exactly it is to a non computer person?

I’ve been trying to explain to my dad what a desktop is over the phone but he doesn’t seem to get it. He keeps asking what a desktop is when I say, “go to the desktop.”

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Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

A desktop is what you see when you first turn the computer on. Tell him to get back there.

Kayak8's avatar

I would just say, “look at your screen” and leave it at that. I also like how @Imadethisupwithnoforethought worded it.

marinelife's avatar

Tell them it is a metaphor of the computer screen as a virtual desktop.

blueiiznh's avatar

It is a virtual place on your computer that has shortcuts to the things he uses most.
Some people have messy ones, some have uncluttered ones.
The quickest way to show your desktop is to Hold the ⊞ Win + D
(⊞ Win + M brings your Windows back)

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Screensaver: book cover

Desktop Icons: book chapters

Male's avatar

I would say it’s the home or main page…assuming he’s seen some kind of central HUB interface.

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mattbrowne's avatar

Compare it to the dashboard of a car plus all the buttons, levers, gear shift, brake pedal and so forth. The computer’s engine consists of all the programs in the background like transferring data from hard drives to main memory…

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

You should have seen me explaining computers to the ladies in my office 20 years ago. I had to explain the desktop, RAM memory and hard drive by referring to desks, work tables and filing cabinets.

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