How to Work with the Start Menu in Windows Vista - dummies

How to Work with the Start Menu in Windows Vista

By Nancy C. Muir

How you choose to access the Start menu, or work with the Start menu, just depends on your basic preferences. Here are two different ways to navigate the Windows Vista Start menu to get you started:

  • Press the Windows key.

    Locate the Windows key on your keyboard by looking for the key that only has the Windows logo on it. On a standard keyboard, it’s between the Ctrl and the Alt keys.

  • Click the Start button in the lower-left corner of the desktop to display the Start menu.


From the Start menu, you can do any of the following:

  • Click All Programs. This displays a list of all programs on your computer. You can click any program in the list to open it.

  • Click any category on the right of the Start menu. This will display a Windows Explorer window with related folders and files.


  • Click either frequently used programs at the top left of the Start menu or recently used programs just below them.

  • Click the Power button icon to close all programs and turn off Windows, or click the Lock icon to lock your computer.

  • Click the arrow next to the Lock button. This will display a menu of choices for shutting down or restarting your computer, logging off, or for logging in as a different user.

When you move your cursor away from the Start menu, it disappears.

If, for whatever reason, you preferred the look of the old, pre-Vista Start button, just open the Start menu and right-click in a blank area, and click Properties to display the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box. Select Classic Start Menu in the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box and then click OK, and your Start button goes old style.