Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
From the lower section of the right panel, you can open windows that help you work
effectively with Windows XP, including the Control Panel , which contains specialized
tools that you can use to change the way Windows XP looks and behaves, and the Help
and Support Center , which provides tutorials, demonstrations, and steps for performing
tasks in Windows XP. (You’ll explore the Help and Support Center later in this tutorial.)
Finally, you also log off and turn off your computer from the Start menu. When you log
off , you end your session with Windows XP but leave the computer turned on.
Now that you’ve explored the Start menu, you’re ready to use it to start a program.
Starting a Program
Click the Start button on the taskbar, and then point to All Programs.
If necessary, point to the submenu that contains the program you want to start.
Click the name of the program you want to start.
Click the name or icon of the program you want to start in the pinned items list or the
most frequently used programs list on the Start menu.
Windows XP includes an easy-to-use word-processing program called WordPad.
Suppose you want to start the WordPad program and use it to write a letter or report. You
open Windows XP programs from the Start menu. Programs are usually located on the All
Programs submenu or on one of its submenus. To start WordPad, for example, you navi-
gate to the All Programs and Accessories submenus.
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 to open the All Programs submenu.
3. Point to Accessories . The Accessories submenu opens. Figure 9 shows the open menus.
Start menu and related submenus
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Trouble? If a different menu opens, you might have paused the pointer over a different
menu command, which opened its submenu. Move the pointer back to All Programs, and
then move the pointer up or down to point to Accessories.