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Each GUI operating system has a desktop. This is the area where various shortcuts or files can be stored for easy access by the user. Some examples of operating systems that include desktops are:

The computer term Desktop origionally came from the area on an actual desk where most of the work is done. The top of a desk can support various objects, including:
  • Pen Holders
  • Computer Monitors
  • Computer Peripherals
  • The top of a desk is easy to write on
  • Calendars
  • Misc. objects (including coffee cups, Kleenex and computer mice)
  • Models of ships, airplanes, human skulls, etc. etc; often referred to as desktop model(s)

See also Desktop computer

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