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Launching Programs

XP gives you more ways to launch (open) a program than any other operating system. If you’re familiar with Windows, you may know most of them.

To start a program:

  • Choose Start > All Programs; then click the program’s icon.

    or

    On the left side of the Start menu, click the program’s icon (if it appears).

    or

    On the Quick Launch bar, click the program’s icon (if it appears).

    or

    Choose Start > My Computer > Local Disk (C:) > Program Files. In the program’s subfolder, double-click the program’s icon (or select the icon and press Enter) (Figure 6.8).

    Figure 6.8. Here, I’ve highlighted the program listings for Microsoft Office applications. Finding programs by name takes a little hunting, because the names of many executable (.exe) files are cryptic holdovers from DOS days, when all names were no more than eight characters long.

    or

    Right-click the program’s icon; then choose Open.

    or

    Press the keyboard shortcut that you assigned to the program’s icon.

    or

    Choose Start > Run (or press Windows logo key+R); type the program’s name; then press Enter (Figure 6.9).

    Figure 6.9. The Run dialog box (or the Address toolbar) may seem old-fashioned, but for many experienced users (and rapid typists), it’s the fastest way to open a program or document.

    You may have to include the path. See “Exploring Your Computer” in Chapter 5.

    or

    Type the program’s name in the Address toolbar (in Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer, or on the taskbar); then press Enter.

    Again, you may have to include the path.


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