Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Running Multiple Programs
When a program is started, it is said to be open or running. A program button appears
on the taskbar for each open program. You can click a program button on the taskbar to
switch between open programs. When you are fi nished using a program, you can click
the Close button located in the upper-right corner of the program window to exit , or
close, that program.
To exit the WordPad program:
1. Click the Close button on the WordPad title bar. The WordPad program
closes and you return to the desktop.
Running Multiple Programs
One of the most useful features of Windows 7 is multitasking , which allows you to work
on more than one task at a time. To demonstrate, Elena suggests that you start WordPad
and leave it running while you start the Paint program.
To run WordPad and Paint at the same time:
1. Start WordPad again.
2. Click the Start button on the taskbar, point to All Programs , click Accessories ,
and then click Paint . The Paint program window opens, as shown in Figure 9. Now
two programs are running at the same time.
Figure 9
Two programs open
WordPad window;
yours might be
hidden by the
Paint window
pointer is a cross
when positioned in
the drawing area
WordPad program
button is not
indicating that
WordPad is
running but is not
the active program
Paint program button is
hig hlighted, indicating
that Paint is the active
Trouble? If the Paint program fills the entire screen, continue with the next set
of steps. You will learn how to manipulate windows shortly.
The active program is the one you are working with—Windows 7 applies your next
keystroke or command to the active program. Paint is the active program because it is the
one you are currently using. The WordPad program button is still on the taskbar,
indicating that WordPad is still running even if you can’t see its program window.
When more than one
window is open, the active
program appears on top
of all other open windows.
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