Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Exploring the Start Menu
The left pane organizes programs for easy access. When you ﬁ rst install Windows 7,
the left pane contains a short list of programs on your computer. After you use a program,
Windows 7 adds it to this list so you can quickly ﬁ nd it the next time you want to use it.
The Start menu can list only a certain number of programs—after that, the programs you
have not opened recently are replaced by the programs you used last.
Near the bottom of the left pane is the All Programs command, which you have
already used to display the All Programs list. The All Programs list provides access to the
programs currently installed on your computer. You’ll use the All Programs list shortly to
start a program.
The Search programs and ﬁ les box helps you quickly ﬁ nd anything stored on your
computer, including programs, documents, pictures, music, videos, Web pages, and
e-mail messages. When you want to use the Search programs and ﬁ les box, you open the
Start menu and type one or more words related to what you want to ﬁ nd. For example, if
you want to ﬁ nd and play the Happy Birthday song stored on your computer, you could
type birthday in the Search programs and ﬁ les box. Windows 7 searches your computer
for that song and displays it and any other search results in the Start menu, where you
can click the song to play it.
From the right pane of the Start menu, you can access common locations and tools
on your computer. For example, the Computer window is a tool that you use to view,
organize, and access the programs, ﬁ les, and drives on your computer.
From the bottom section of the right pane, you can open windows that help you
effectively work with Windows 7, including the Control Panel , which contains
specialized tools that help you change the way Windows 7 looks and behaves, and Help and
Support , which provides articles, video demonstrations, and steps for performing tasks in
Windows 7. You also turn off your computer from the Start menu.
When the Start menu
displays search results,
it organizes them into
groups, such as programs
Starting a Program
• Click the Start button on the taskbar, and then click the name of the program you
want to start.
• Click the Start button on the taskbar, and then point to All Programs.
• If necessary, click the folder that contains the program you want to start.
• Click the name of the program you want to start.
Windows 7 includes an easy-to-use word-processing program called WordPad, which
you can use to write a letter or report. To start WordPad, you open the Start menu and
then navigate to the Accessories folder in the All Programs list.
To start the WordPad program from the Start menu:
1. Click the Start button
on the taskbar to open the Start menu.
2. Point to All Programs , and then click Accessories . The Accessories folder opens.
See Figure 7.
Trouble? If a different folder opens, point to Back to return to the initial Start
menu, point to All Programs, and then click Accessories.