Definition of desktop in English:



  • 1The working surface of a desk.

    • ‘We were so pure that year that even the desktops were Formica white.’
    • ‘So I put a few drops of 100% pure tea tree oil onto a damp dish cloth, and wiped the desktop.’
    • ‘The height was good being only 11 mm from the desktop to the surface which would keep wrist strain at a minimum.’
    • ‘Evenings, she cleans offices for corporate execs, so they can arrive the next morning and find their trash cans empty and the coffee rings scrubbed from their desktops.’
    • ‘What could possibly be more practical and elegant on your desktop than a gorgeous wood alarm clock?’
    • ‘I'm a clean freak when it comes to my desktop. But am quite surprised to see that it's so cluttered today.’
    • ‘The company has sold about 700 of the desktops since they were launched at the beginning of the year and have been popular with adults as well as children.’
    • ‘Library staff stacked the units neatly on the floor, and cleaned the desktop space.’
    • ‘The predominant color in the cabins is coral with red highlights; the ceiling is coral, the Formica desktop is coral, the little coffee table is coral.’
    • ‘It does however have an issue that the desktop and laminated mouse surfaces don't have and that is added noise.’
    • ‘In comparison I've used a cheap laminated mat and the desktop surface itself.’
    • ‘He was looking down at the desktop, tracing invisible designs across the surface.’
    • ‘In the 1980s, wooden desktops were replaced with a grey laminate.’
    • ‘There is a complete of table-tops that would go well with any office - planters' pots, waste paper baskets, desktops and innovative-looking pen stands.’
    • ‘I use it on a mouse pad, though it works fine on my Formica desktop.’
    1. 1.1A computer suitable for use at an ordinary desk.
      ‘a new low-end desktop’
      • ‘If you ask me, these apps, called adware or spyware, have no business being on anyone's desktop.’
      • ‘Data is distributed to desktop either via the Web or as a direct feed to an internal database or system.’
      • ‘A backup and data protection plan needs to encompass desktop and laptop PCs, in addition to network servers.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, most open source desktop software, in its purest form does not lend itself well toward simplicity.’
      • ‘These all combine to put scanning on Linux on par with any desktop.’
      • ‘That's why I think all desktop antivirus apps should now include some type of firewall.’
      • ‘Not much separates the workstation I use for photo editing from a good Linux desktop.’
      • ‘As you can see, mobile and desktop CPUs differ greatly in price for some seemingly inexplicable reason.’
      • ‘What you may not have seen are the various ways you can jump from desktop to desktop.’
      • ‘I don't expect this to be an issue with full sized towers, but desktop or small form factor PCs may have problems.’
      • ‘The end result should be a less complicated decision for desktop and notebook buyers, he said.’
      • ‘That's one of the reasons why some photographers and print makers bemoan the advent of desktop digital image processing.’
      • ‘Additionally, a single interface can be used for desktop, as well as notebook and handheld devices.’
      • ‘Any authenticated server, desktop or laptop can now use storage resources.’
      • ‘For the first time, a single backplane will support the deployment of both enterprise and desktop disk drives.’
      • ‘In other words, with regular use, it's quite easy to make the adjustment from desktop to notebook.’
      • ‘How can desktop and laptop hardware vendors become profitable again?’
      • ‘Any new commercially developed desktop operating system released into the market today would have to overcome the same hurdles on the way to mainstream acceptance.’
      • ‘When the document arrives at its destination, the software on a user's desktop decodes the document.’
      • ‘The 6000 will be available in desktop and rack-mount configurations.’
    2. 1.2The working area of a computer screen regarded as a representation of a notional desktop and containing icons representing items such as files and a wastebasket.
      • ‘Close the Find window and locate the icon on your desktop.’
      • ‘He moved files around a virtual desktop and grabbed data as needed from other computers.’
      • ‘They were still able to access the Web through the page and get e-mail via their desktop icons.’
      • ‘These days, most organizations seem to back up their servers and hope that their employees don't store the only copy of important files on their company desktops.’
      • ‘When you select an icon from the desktop or choose an item from a menu the text or image becomes highlighted in a different colour.’
      • ‘Right now the Linux demo makes the physical connection, creates a mount point, mounts the file system, and drops a new icon onto the desktop transparently.’
      • ‘The icon on the desktop has changed colour to a slightly lighter blue.’
      • ‘She had put all her files and icons on her desktop.’
      • ‘On the subject of alleviating clutter after installing Windows XP, the desktop is devoid of icons except the Recycle Bin.’
      • ‘When enabled, this option displays all your desktop icons about twice the normal size.’
      • ‘Are you tired of all those boring little icons on your desktop?’
      • ‘Frequently users place icons on the desktop to quickly access some application, files or folders they regularly use.’
      • ‘I don't like icons on my desktop, and have removed most of them.’
      • ‘To find out more about customizing your desktop icons, click here.’
      • ‘The installer will prompt for the placement of an icon on the desktop.’
      • ‘One day there was a document file on the desktop of the computer.’
      • ‘The fix requires customers to download an executable file to the desktop, and then reboot the PC.’
      • ‘On your desktop, it is represented by an icon of a folder with a sheet of paper in it.’
      • ‘Simply drag and drop files to the shredder icon on your desktop.’
      • ‘He indicated that the problems were largely confined to the desktop rather than areas such as database access.’