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Chapter 6. Programs and Documents > Launching Programs

6.1. Launching Programs

Windows XP lets you launch (open) programs in many different ways:

  • Choose a program's name from the Start→All Programs menu.

  • Click a program's icon on the Quick Launch toolbar (Section 3.4.3).

  • Double-click an application's program-file icon in the My Computer→Local Disk (C:)→Program Files→application folder, or highlight the application's icon and then press Enter.

  • Press a key combination you've assigned to the program's shortcut (Section 4.5).

  • Choose Start→Run, type the program file's name in the Open text box (Section 2.7.1), and then press Enter.

  • Let Windows launch the program for you, either at startup (Section 2.6) or at a time you've specified (see Section 16.6).

  • Open a document using any of the above techniques; its "parent" program opens automatically. For example, if you used Microsoft Word to write a file called Last Will and Testament.doc, double-clicking the document's icon launches Word and automatically opens that file.


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