Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
To switch between WordPad and Paint:
1. Click the program button labeled Document - WordPad on the taskbar. The WordPad pro-
gram window moves to the front, and now the Document - WordPad button looks pushed
in, indicating that WordPad is the active program.
2. Click the program button labeled untitled - Paint on the taskbar to switch to the Paint pro-
gram. The Paint program is again the active program.
In addition to using the taskbar to switch between open programs, you can also close
programs from the taskbar.
Closing Programs from the Taskbar
You should always close a program when you are finished using it. Each program uses com-
puter resources, such as memory, so Windows XP works more efficiently when only the pro-
grams you need are open. You’ve already seen how to close an open program using the Close
button on the title bar of the program window. You can also close a program, whether active
or inactive, by using the shortcut menu associated with the program button on the taskbar.
To close WordPad and Paint using the program button shortcut menus:
1. Right-click the untitled - Paint button on the taskbar. The shortcut menu for the Paint pro-
gram button opens. See Figure 12.
Program button shortcut menu
opens wh en you
2. Click Close on the shortcut menu. The Paint program closes and the program button
labeled “untitled - Paint” disappears from the taskbar.
3. Right-click the Document - WordPad button on the taskbar, and then click Close on the
shortcut menu. The WordPad program closes and its program button no longer appears on
Now that you’ve learned the basics of using the Windows XP desktop, you’re ready to
explore other Windows XP features, including windows and dialog boxes.
Using Windows and Dialog Boxes
Recall that when you run a program in Windows XP, the program appears in a window. A
window is a rectangular area of the screen that contains a program, text, graphics, or data.
Windows, spelled with an uppercase “W,” is the name of the Microsoft operating system.
The word “window” with a lowercase “w” refers to one of the rectangular areas on the