If you are just getting started with Windows 7 read this free lesson, which covers Windows 7 getting started and more.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about the additional taskbar icons.
Hover over the button to Peek at your Desktop or click on the button to clear your Desktop.
Click to mute or adjust your volume setting.
Select to view notifications and access Action Center. A red X will appear on the icon when you have notifications waiting.
Select to view additional icons and to customize your Taskbar.
Select to access the Network and Sharing Center to connect to the internet.
To Peek at the desktop without closing windows:
Older versions of Windows had pesky pop-up notifications that appeared whenever there was a security issue or warning regarding an action you were taking. Windows 7 allows you to customize how often you view these notifications through the Action Center. The Action Center icon in the taskbar will allow you to view and take action on any notifications you have received.