Launching Programs from the Start Menu

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

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