A desktop is the horizontal surface of a desk. It can support various objects, including:
In computing, the term is used figuratively. Many graphical user interfaces (GUI) use a desktop metaphor. It consists of the screen contents "below" any windows, hence what is on the screen before any windows are opened, and what reappears when windows are closed. It usually shows icons for programs, documents or folders and possibly an image as wallpaper.
Systems that use desktops include:
When talking about computer hardware, a desktop computer is a personal computer that is too large to carry and designed to remain in the same place.