Getting Familiar with the Windows XP Window

Familiarize yourself with the Windows XP window in this free lesson.

Windows XP bars and buttons

Windows XP got its name from one its most basic elements: the window. The rectangular work area for a program, file, or other task is called a window.

Below is an example of a Microsoft Word window. While Word is a word processing program, the example below features many of the elements common in Windows XP.

Word window

The workspace is the white area inside the window. This is where you do your work with a program, such as writing a letter. Depending on what program you're working with, the workspace will appear differently.