O'Reilly logo

Windows 8: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Chapter 10. Programs & Documents

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.

Opening Desktop Programs

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 ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required