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What's on the desktop?
Customising your desktop

What's on the desktop?

You will see the following default icons:

desktop_icon_mywork.jpg My Documents: This icon gives you quick access to your files on the Central Filestore.  If you are a member of staff you will see N:\ (N drive) by default. If you are a student you will see R:\ (R drive)
mycomputer.jpg My Computer: Clicking on this will give you access to all available drives. Precisely what you will see depends on whether you are a student or staff member. But you will have access to all available filestore drives and devices with removable storage.
Internet Explorer
: Web browser software. Firefox is also available as an alternative under Start > All Programs > Firefox
: The main supported email client by Information Systems.
Microsoft Word 2003
. Word processing application.
Connect to WTS icon
WTS (Windows Terminal Service)
. Clicking on this icon will give you access to both the Cluster and Staff WTS.
Please note: While it is possible to create your own shortcuts on the desktop, please keep these to a minimum. Otherwise, it could affect performance on the machine.

The Quick Launch Bar

(This image may differ slightly to what you see on your desktop. But most icons will be the same) The gives you quick access to core applications such as:

  • Access
  • Excel
  • Internet Explorer
  • Outlook
  • PowerPoint
  • Thunderbird
  • Word

Customising your desktop

Changing the look

To change the look of your desktop, you will need to open the Display Properties window.

The quickest way to do this is to right-mouse-click anywhere on your desktop and select Properties .

Alternatively, click on the Start button. Select Control Panel > Display.


You will see the Display Properties window (as shown on the left).

The window contains 2 separate tabs where you can adjust various settings.


Changing the screen resolution

To change your screen resolution:

Click on Start > All Programs > Utilities > Change Screen Resolution

Select the desired resolution and click on the Change Resolution button.

Your screen will now resize and will stay at the selected resolution for future sessions.