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How to Start Microsoft Word 2010

By Dan Gookin

You can start Word 2010 in a number of ways, then create documents to your heart’s content. But before you can start Word, your computer must be on and toasty. After you log into Windows, you can get Word going.

The unimaginative way to start Word 2010

Without fail, the place to start any program in Windows is at the fabled Start button. It may not be the fastest or the most interesting or convenient way to start a program, but it’s consistent and reliable:

  1. Click the Start button (which is adorned with the Windows logo).

    The Start menu appears. You might find the Microsoft Word 2010 program icon right there on the Start menu.

  2. If you see the Word icon, click it to run the program.

    Otherwise, keep plowing away in Step 3.

  3. Choose All Programs to pop up the All Programs menu, and then select Microsoft Word 2010.

    If you don’t see the Microsoft Word 2010 icon or program name, you must obey Step 3, which is almost certain to work.

  4. Choose the Microsoft Office item (submenu) to display its contents, and then select Microsoft Word 2010.

    Behold! Word starts! Watch in amazement as the program unfurls its sails on your computer’s monitor.

If you can’t find Word anywhere on the All Programs menu, it may not be installed on your computer.

The better way to start Word

When you use Word a lot, it helps to have quick access to its program icon; create a Word shortcut icon on the desktop:

  1. Locate the Word icon on the Start button’s All Programs menu.

    Don’t click to start Word now!

  2. Right-click the Microsoft Word 2010 menu item.

    A pop-up menu appears.

  3. Choose Send To→Desktop (Create Shortcut).

  4. Press the Esc key to hide the Start button menu and view the desktop.

You haven’t changed anything, but you have added the Word program icon to the desktop. You can use that icon to start Word: Just double-click the icon, and Word starts.

The best way to start Word 2010

The best way to start Word is to place the Word icon on the taskbar in Windows 7, or what’s called the Quick Launch toolbar in older versions of Windows:

  1. Find the Word icon on the Start button’s All Programs menu.

    Don’t click the icon — just find it!

  2. Right-click the Word icon.

  3. In Windows 7, choose the command Pin to Taskbar. (In Windows Vista, choose the command Add to Quick Launch.)

    The Word icon is pinned (permanently added to) the taskbar in Windows 7; in Windows Vista, the Word icon is slapped on the Quick Launch Toolbar.

To start Word, you merely click the Word icon placed on the taskbar. Click! And then Word starts. That’s the fastest and bestest way to begin your word processing day.

Another way to have the Word icon always handy is to pin it to the Start menu directly. In Step 3, choose the item named Pin to Start Menu. That way, the Word icon always appears at the top of the list on the Start button menu.

Start Word by opening a document

Opening a Word document causes Word to start and to display that document for editing, printing, or just giving others the impression that you’re doing something. Simply locate the Word document icon in a folder window and double-click to open that document.

In Windows 7, you can see a Jump List of recently opened documents by either right-clicking the Word icon on the taskbar or clicking the right-pointing arrow next to the Word icon on the Start button menu. Select a document from the list to start Word and open that document.