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Chapter 8. Running and Juggling Programs > Five Ways to Fire Up a Windows Progr... - Pg. 78

Running and Juggling Programs 78 The only trouble with this approach is that the folder that contains the program's files typically is packed with files that do not run the program. Look for the prettiest icon in the bunch; it's usually the icon for the executable file, which is the file that launches the program. If you view the folder in Web Style, the left pane displays the selected file's full name and indicates that it is an application file. Sometimes it's easier to just double-click the name of a document file you created using the program. When you install most programs, the program sets up a file association that links the program to the document type you use the program to create. When you double-click a document file, Windows runs the associated program, which then opens the document. Make Your Own Program Shortcut Are you fed up with the inefficiency of Windows? Here's what you do: Create a shortcut icon for every program you commonly use and place it on the Windows desktop. Then, instead of following a trail of menus or folders to find the program, you simply double-click its shortcut icon. To make a shortcut icon for a program, take the following steps: 1. 2. Run My Computer or Windows Explorer and resize the window so you can see a blank spot on the Windows desktop. Change to the folder that contains the icon for the program you want to run. The Windows/Start Menu/Programs folder and its subfolders contain icons for all the programs on the Start, Pro- grams menu. (Look for additional programs in the C:\Program Files folder.) Hold down the Ctrl and Shift keys while dragging the icon from My Computer or Windows Explorer to a blank area on the desktop. 3.