Launching Programs from the Start Menu

Learn how to use and launch programs from the Windows XP start menu in this free lesson.

Introduction

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

Exploring programs

Programs enable you to do work on the computer. For example, a word processing program like WordPad allows you to create a basic document. You can easily open a program from the Start menu using the All Programs button.

To open a program using the Start menu:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click All Programs, and slide your mouse pointer until you've selected the program you want to open (it turns blue).
  3. Click to open the program you've selected. (Remember, programs with small black arrows beside them will open another cascading menu. Simply drag your mouse pointer to make your selection.)
  4. To close a program, click the Close button located at the top-right of the window.
Open the All Programs menu to open WordPad

Launching Internet Explorer from the Start menu

Internet, another choice on the Start menu, opens Internet Explorer; the web browser that comes bundled with Windows XP.

To launch Internet Explorer from the Start menu:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Choose Internet.
  3. Click to open Internet Explorer.
  4. To close a program, click the Close button located at the top-right of the window.
Open Internet Explorer using the Start menu

Note: You must be connected to the Internet for Internet Explorer to open a webpage.

Launching Microsoft Outlook Express from the Start menu

Email, another choice on the Start menu, opens Microsoft Outlook Express, the email client that comes bundled with Windows XP.

To launch Outlook Express from the Start menu:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Choose Email.
  3. Click to open Microsoft Outlook Express.
  4. To close Outlook Express, click the Close button located at the top-right of the window.
Open Outlook Express using the Start menu

Challenge!

  • Open the Calculator on your computer. (It's located under All ProgramsAccessories.)
  • Close the Calculator.
  • Launch Internet Explorer from the Start menu.
  • Close Internet Explorer.
  • Launch Outlook Express from the Start menu.
  • Close Outlook Express.