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For Seniors: How to Open a Computer Program

Now that you have a computer, you probably want to run and manage software programs, from programs that manage your finances to a great animated game of bingo. By using the best methods for accessing and running programs on your computer, you save time and make your life easier.

You can open, or launch, a program by using any of the following four methods:

  • Choose Start→All Programs. Click the program name on the All Programs list that appears. You see a list of programs; just click the program on that sublist to open it.

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  • Double-click a program shortcut icon on the desktop.

  • Click an item on the taskbar. The taskbar should display by default; if it doesn’t, press the Windows logo key (on your keyboard) to display it and then click an icon on the taskbar, just to the right of the Start button.

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  • If you used the program recently and saved a document, choose it from the list of recently used programs displayed when you first open the Start menu. Then click a document created in that program from the list that displays.

When the application opens, if it’s a game, play it; if it’s a spreadsheet, enter numbers into it; if it’s your e-mail program, start deleting junk mail . . . you get the idea.

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