The most common way to start a Windows program is to use the Start menu, which provides easy access to programs installed on your computer. Clicking the Start button on the taskbar displays the Start menu, which lists common and recently used programs and the All Programs submenu. The All Programs submenu is the master list of every program on your computer. In addition to tracking frequently used programs, Windows also tracks recently opened files, known as jump lists (New!). When you point to a program—such as Microsoft Word— on the Start menu with a arrow next to it, a list of recently opened files or folders and related tasks appear for easy access. For example, Windows Media Player displays a jump list with recently played music files and commands to play all music and resume previous list (New!). When you’re done working with a program, you should exit, or close it, to conserve your computer’s resources.
If you start a program, such as your e-mail program, every time you start Windows, you can save some time by adding the program to the Startup folder. The contents of the Startup folder appear on the Startup submenu on the All Programs menu. Sometimes a program installs a program to the Startup folder. Every time you start Windows, the programs in the Startup folder automatically start. Click the Start button, and then locate the program you want to add to the Startup submenu. Using the Ctrl key copies the program to the Startup submenu. Hold down the Ctrl key, and then drag the program on top of the Startup item on the All Programs submenu. When the Startup submenu opens, drag the program onto the submenu, and then release the mouse button and the Ctrl key. If you don’t want the program automatically starting with Windows, you can remove it from the Startup folder. Click the Start button, point to All Programs, and then click Startup. Right-click the program you want to remove on the Startup submenu. Click Delete, and then click Yes to confirm the deletion.
You can display the Programs list in a single column. Right-click the Start button, click Properties, click Customize, click the Advanced tab, select the Scroll Programs check box, and then click OK twice. Point to the black triangle arrows at the top and bottom to scroll through the list.
Start a Program from the Start Menu
Windows provides several ways to start a program:
• Click the Start button, and then click a program.
• Click the Start button, point to a program, and then click a file name from the jump list (New!). When a program on the Start menu displays a submenu, a jump list displays recently opened files.
• Click the Start button, point to All Programs, click a program group if necessary, and then click a program.
• Click the Start button, click Computer or Documents, navigate to the folder with the program or file associated with the program you want, and then double-click the icon.
• Click the Start button, point to All Programs, click Accessories, click Run, type the full path and file name of the program, and then click OK.
Exit a Program
Windows provides several ways to exit a program:
• Click the File menu, and then click Exit.
• Click the Close button on the program’s title bar.
• Double-click the Control-menu on the program’s title bar.
• Right-click the program’s taskbar button, and then click Close.
Source of Information : Microsoft Windows 7 on Demand (2009)
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