Definition of desktop in English:



  • 1The working surface of a desk.

    • ‘In the 1980s, wooden desktops were replaced with a grey laminate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So I put a few drops of 100% pure tea tree oil onto a damp dish cloth, and wiped the desktop.’
    • ‘I'm a clean freak when it comes to my desktop. But am quite surprised to see that it's so cluttered today.’
    • ‘He was looking down at the desktop, tracing invisible designs across the surface.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It does however have an issue that the desktop and laminated mouse surfaces don't have and that is added noise.’
    • ‘We were so pure that year that even the desktops were Formica white.’
    • ‘What could possibly be more practical and elegant on your desktop than a gorgeous wood alarm clock?’
    • ‘Library staff stacked the units neatly on the floor, and cleaned the desktop space.’
    • ‘The height was good being only 11 mm from the desktop to the surface which would keep wrist strain at a minimum.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In comparison I've used a cheap laminated mat and the desktop surface itself.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A computer suitable for use at an ordinary desk.
      ‘a new low-end desktop’
      • ‘I bought a desktop computer and then I bought a notebook computer.’
      • ‘What you may not have seen are the various ways you can jump from desktop to desktop.’
      • ‘Against the far wall was a computer desk with a desktop computer, printer and other computer gear on it.’
      • ‘More than two-thirds of all students today own either a desktop computer or laptop, while 86% have mobile phones.’
      • ‘I took my laptop computer out and set it next to a desktop computer that was always kept there.’
      • ‘That's why I think all desktop antivirus apps should now include some type of firewall.’
      • ‘I don't expect this to be an issue with full sized towers, but desktop or small form factor PCs may have problems.’
      • ‘As you can see, mobile and desktop CPUs differ greatly in price for some seemingly inexplicable reason.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, most open source desktop software, in its purest form does not lend itself well toward simplicity.’
      • ‘Data is distributed to desktop either via the Web or as a direct feed to an internal database or system.’
      • ‘The 6000 will be available in desktop and rack-mount configurations.’
      • ‘Users can hook into the data and services from anywhere, using anything from a wireless handheld device to a laptop to a desktop computer.’
      • ‘Not much separates the workstation I use for photo editing from a good Linux desktop.’
      • ‘I have a laptop and a desktop computer, and I use them pretty interchangeably.’
      • ‘Laptops are replacing the old desktop computer, whose days may just be numbered.’
      • ‘All of my photos are burned onto CD files, stored on my laptop, my desktop computer and again on my portable hard drive unit.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Atop the desk sat a sleek desktop computer, a little red light on the underside of the cordless mouse glowing slightly.’
      • ‘It's based on mathematical formulas that can be run on an ordinary desktop computer.’
      • ‘Users access standard websites via a host system and a small program downloaded to their desktop computer, which adjusts pages to make them easier to read.’
      • ‘You can't simply call your mum from your desktop computer if her computer hasn't been set up at the other end to receive the call.’
      • ‘When the document arrives at its destination, the software on a user's desktop decodes the document.’
      • ‘Patients in the computer group used a desktop computer to view a multi-media presentation that included graphics and video and audio clips.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A wireless network of two laptop computers and one desktop computer will cost between €450 and €600.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It weighs just 2.9 pounds, but it's a desktop computer, not a notebook.’
      • ‘Such a calculation takes only a few seconds on a desktop computer.’
      • ‘A backup and data protection plan needs to encompass desktop and laptop PCs, in addition to network servers.’
      • ‘Any authenticated server, desktop or laptop can now use storage resources.’
      • ‘Additionally, a single interface can be used for desktop, as well as notebook and handheld devices.’
      • ‘Upon the desk was a desktop computer and other assorted objects.’
      • ‘This could be your web server, a desktop computer running a database client application, or both.’
      • ‘It was even possible to modify the desk in order to hold a desktop computer.’
      • ‘These all combine to put scanning on Linux on par with any desktop.’
      • ‘Atop his desk were his desktop computer and his folded up laptop.’
      • ‘If you ask me, these apps, called adware or spyware, have no business being on anyone's desktop.’
      • ‘For the first time, a single backplane will support the deployment of both enterprise and desktop disk drives.’
    2. 1.2 The 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.
      • ‘On your desktop, it is represented by an icon of a folder with a sheet of paper in it.’
      • ‘Frequently users place icons on the desktop to quickly access some application, files or folders they regularly use.’
      • ‘One day there was a document file on the desktop of the computer.’
      • ‘Close the Find window and locate the icon on your desktop.’
      • ‘Simply drag and drop files to the shredder icon on your desktop.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To find out more about customizing your desktop icons, click here.’
      • ‘The icon on the desktop has changed colour to a slightly lighter blue.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She had put all her files and icons on her desktop.’
      • ‘The installer will prompt for the placement of an icon on the desktop.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He indicated that the problems were largely confined to the desktop rather than areas such as database access.’
      • ‘On the subject of alleviating clutter after installing Windows XP, the desktop is devoid of icons except the Recycle Bin.’
      • ‘Are you tired of all those boring little icons on your desktop?’
      • ‘The fix requires customers to download an executable file to the desktop, and then reboot the PC.’
      • ‘He moved files around a virtual desktop and grabbed data as needed from other computers.’
      • ‘When enabled, this option displays all your desktop icons about twice the normal size.’
      • ‘I don't like icons on my desktop, and have removed most of them.’