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Launching Programs

Windows gives you many ways to launch (open) a program. Even Windows veterans may not know all 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 files for Microsoft Office applications. Finding programs by name may take a little hunting because executable (.exe) filenames sometimes are short and cryptic. Application files are easier to find in Explorer if you switch to Details view (View > Details) and sort by type (View > Arrange Icons By > Type).


    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 and 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 bar (in Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer, or on the taskbar); then press Enter.

    Again, you may have to include the path.


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