When you get right down to it, an operating system is nothing more than a home base from which to launch applications (programs). And you, as a Windows person, are particularly fortunate, since more programs are available for Windows than for any other operating system on earth.
But when you launch a program, you’re no longer necessarily in the world Microsoft designed for you. Programs from other software companies work a bit differently, and there’s a lot to learn about how Windows handles programs that were born before it was.
This chapter covers everything you need to know about installing, removing, launching, and managing programs; using programs to generate documents; and understanding how documents, programs, and Windows communicate with one another.
Windows lets you launch (open) programs in many different ways:
Choose a program’s name from the Start screen.
Choose a program’s name from the “All apps” list. (On the Start screen, right-click, or swipe up from the bottom of the screen, to reveal the app bar; select “All apps.”)
Click a program’s icon on the taskbar.
Double-click an application’s program-file icon in the Computer→Local Disk (C:)→Program Files→application folder, or highlight the application’s icon and then press Enter.
Press a key combination you’ve assigned to be the program’s shortcut.
Press +R, type the program ...