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Chapter 8. Running and Juggling Programs > Five Ways to Fire Up a Windows Progr... - Pg. 77

Running and Juggling Programs 77 Five Ways to Fire Up a Windows Program The only hard part about running a Windows program is deciding how you want to run it. The stand- ard way to run a program is to open the Start menu, point to Programs, and then click the program's name. However, in some cases, you have to follow a trail of three or four submenus to hunt down the desired program. Fortunately, Windows provides several alternative ways to run programs. You can launch programs from My Computer or Windows Explorer, create your own shortcuts on the Windows desktop, and even make your own toolbars to give your programs single-click access. The following sections explain your options. Launch Programs from My Computer You can launch programs from My Computer or Windows Explorer although the procedure is just as inefficient as using the Start menu. You simply change to the folder in which the program's files are stored (assuming you can find it) and then double-click the icon for running the program, as shown in Figure 8.1. You'll find most of your programs in a subfolder inside the Program Files folder.