Press the start button to open and close the start menu.
|Start Button. You probably already know the start button, but just in case you're new to Windows and you've never seen it before, this is the start button.|
The start menu is everything on your computer like all your programs, all your folders, and all your files.
|All Programs There are all kinds of programs from productivity like email, word processors, and spreadsheets, all the way to entertainment like CD players, DVD players, and video games. Windows XP comes with a lot of programs ...|
|Folders. Your files like your notes, your pictures, and your music are organized into folders like your documents folder, your pictures folder, and your music folder. Your computer folder is everything on your computer.|
Get help and support.
|Help and Support. Windows XP has a help and support center. You can read the user and system guides, you can browse help topics like customizing your computer and printing and faxing, you can browse tasks like keeping your ...|
Search for folders and files, and run programs and websites.
|Search You're going to write a lot of notes, you're going to draw a lot of pictures, and you're going to create a lot of files. You may have so many different files in so many different places that you might not always remember where ...|
|Run. Open programs like Notepad and Paint by typing their names. Open folders like my documents and my pictures by typing their paths. Open files like my first note and my first picture by typing their paths, their names, and ...|
Open recent programs and pin your favorite programs.
|Recent Programs. If you open a program this time, then you might want to open it again next time, so the start menu keeps a list of all your recent programs. Press the start button to open recent programs instead of clicking through ...|
|Pins. There are some programs that you use all the time, for example, I use Notepad and Paint all the time. Pin your favorite programs to the start menu and arrange them however you want. Press the start button to open pinned programs ...|
Log off and always turn off the computer by turning off Windows XP.
|Log Off. I only have one account on my computer, but you can have multiple accounts, for example, if more than one person uses your computer, then each person can have their own account. Log off of your account so someone else ...|
|Turn Off Computer. Do not press the power button to turn off the computer, you have to be careful so you don't lose unsaved changes or cause any other problems. Turn off the computer by turning off Windows XP. Stand by and restart, too.|
This completes the start menu.