How to Open an Application in Windows XP
You certainly can't do much unless you actually open a program in Windows XP, but how do you just that? Actually, you can choose from several different methods to launch an application in Windows XP. The method you choose to open a program in XP depends on whether you have a shortcut icon on your desktop, whether the program you want to open in Windows XP is located on your Quick Launch bar, or whether you’ve used the program recently.
Launch an application by using any of the following four methods:
Choose Start→All Programs.
Locate the program name on the All Programs list that appears and click it. Clicking an item with a folder icon displays a list of programs within it; just click the program on that sublist to open it
Double-click a program shortcut icon on the desktop.
Press the Windows key.
Click an icon on the Quick Launch bar, just to the right of the Start button.