I'm Molly Wood from CNET.com with a Quick Tip on how to open
programs a lot faster in Vista.
The old Windows Start menu gets a face-lift in Vista, but I find it
kind of clunky. In XP, you can just mouse over to Programs and
bring up a list. In Vista, you have to click All Programs, and then the
list that comes up is smaller than in XP, so you have to scroll to see
them all if you have a lot installed. Its minor, but it bugs me. That's
how I am.
However, here's the best way to open programs in Vista. The search
bar. You might not think of it, since it's labeled search, but all you
do is hit the Windows key, or click the start button, and start typing
the name of the program you want, like Word, iTunes, Messenger,
Now this tip sort of works for older versions of Windows, too. In XP,
you can use it to open Windows programs, but you have to click
Start, and then Run, and then you have to know the shortcode for
the program. For Word, you type winword. Excel is just excel.
Calculator is calc. Internet Explorer is iexplore.
But with Vista, you can search for any program at all, and it'll pop
right up. Trust me: it saves many clicks. Your RSI will thank you.
For CNET.com Quick Tips, I'm Molly Wood. You're welcome!
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