There are several different ways you can open Windows. This page will describe how to complete that task.
Opening A Window Using A Shortcut
To open a window using an existing shortcut follow the steps outlined below:
For this tutorial you will learn how to launch Windows Explorer by double clicking a shortcut located on the desktop.
- Find the Windows Explorer shortcut located on your desktop. If you do not have a Windows Explorer icon substitute it with any icon of your choice.
- To launch the icon simply double left click with your mouse. This will cause the main program to load as a full screen window.
Opening A Window Using The Windows Taskbar
Opening a window to an application that is already running on a computer is also referred to as maximizing the window.
Follow these steps to open an already running Window.
- Find the program you want to open from the Windows task bar. For the purpose of this tutorial we will open the Windows Explorer program.
- Once you’ve located the program, right mouse click anywhere on the program from within the task bar.
- From the menu that appears, left mouse click the Maximize option.
- This will cause the Windows Explorer program to open full sized showing the My Documents folder.
Opening A Windows Using The Windows Start Menu
To open a program on the Windows Start menu follow these instructions:
- Find the program you want to open on the Windows Start Menu.
- Left click once to open the program.
Opening A Windows Using The Windows Run Command
Windows includes a run command on the Start menu which provides a quicker way of accessing a program or shortcut if you know the program’s executable name. An executable file is a type of file with the extension .exe. For example many accessories in Windows have common executable names such as Notepad.exe, wordpad.exe, and calc.exe (short for calculator).
Here’s how to launch a program executable through the Run command.
- Left click Start.
- Left click the Run command.
- In the Open box enter the program executable name.
- Left click Ok or press Enter to continue launching the program.
Congratulations! You now know how to launch a program through double clicking a shortcut, through an existing open program, and through the Windows Run command.