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Chapter 8. Running and Juggling Programs > Five Ways to Fire Up a Windows Progr... - Pg. 79

Running and Juggling Programs 79 If you press a function key (for example, F8), Windows inserts that key in the text box. (Don't use F1,because Windows uses that for Help.) If you press a number or character key, Windows auto- matically adds Ctrl+Alt+ to the key. For example, if you press A, you will use Ctrl+Alt+A to run the program. Click OK. Do-It-Yourself Program Toolbar If you have Windows 95 with Internet Explorer 4 or a more recent version of Windows, the taskbar at the bottom of your screen contains a toolbar called the Quick Launch toolbar (just to the right of the Start button). This toolbar contains four icons for running Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Channels, or Windows Media Player; and for returning to the Windows desktop. To add your own toolbar to the taskbar, take the following steps: 1. 2. 3. 4. Right-click a blank area of the desktop, point to New, and click Folder . A new folder appears on the desktop. Type a name for the folder and press Enter. Ctrl+Shift+drag any program icons that you want to appear on the toolbar over the new folder icon and release the mouse button. This places a copy of each program icon in the folder. Drag the folder icon over the taskbar or to any edge of the Windows desktop and release the mouse button. Windows transforms the folder into a toolbar and places its icons in the toolbar. Inside Tip Many programs, such as Microsoft Word, have customizable button bars, giving you quick access to the com- mands you use most frequently. You can turn buttons on or off and even create your own buttons. Check the help systems in your programs to learn about your customization options. To remove the toolbar, right-click a blank area of the taskbar, point to Toolbars, and click the toolbar's name. (You also can drag a program or submenu from the Start, Programs menu or any of its submenus to an edge of the desktop or to a toolbar displayed on the taskbar.) Launch a Document When you install a program, the installation routine typically associates the program with a particular file type. For instance, if you install Microsoft Word, the installation routine associates Word with all files ending in .DOC. To run an application and open an associated document file with a single step, simply double-click the document file's icon in My Computer. To view, delete, edit, or create new file associations, run My Computer, open the View or Tools menu, select Folder Options, and click the File Types tab. This displays a list of file types associated with programs and the options you need for creating and editing associations. Before you delete, edit, or create new file associations, read through the following two precautions: · Don't try to create a file association for a file type that is already associated to another application. You must delete the existing file association before you can create a new one. Better yet, edit the existing file association instead of deleting it.