The main focus of this video is to show how to launch applications. But, it covers using the Start menu and Pinned applications in the taskbar. So, this video also serves as an introduction to working with the Start menu and a review of some parts of the taskbar.
- [Instructor] Let's talk about launching applications. The two most common places to launch applications will be the start menu and the task bar. So let's start with the start menu. I'll click on the start button on the bottom left corner which of course, opens the start menu. And there are lots of important controls here. We can come here to shut down, or restart the computer. We can access settings from here. But what I want to look at is this list of applications here, and these tiles over here on the right side. So on the right side you see these live tiles.
These tiles generally launch applications. So, of course, if I click on the tile for weather, it launches the weather application. Pretty simple. But for now I just want to close this by hitting the x in the top right corner, and I want to just go back to the start menu. Eventually, you will probably want to customize the start tiles, so that you only have the tiles that you want. But for now, let's just focus on using the tiles that you have here to launch applications. So the live tiles are about more than just launching an application.
On one hand, the tiles give you nice, big, easy to see buttons for the applications that you use on a regular basis. But another thing you should notice is that some of these tiles give you information about that application even before you click on it. So I can see today's weather on the tile for the weather app, even without launching the application. If you do not want that live information to be displayed on the tile, all you need to do is right click on the tile, go to the more menu, and choose turn live tile off.
Turning the live tile off does not remove the tile, it just turns off any animation or preview information that might appear on that tile. And actually, because it can be a little distracting, I'm going to leave all of my live tiles turned off for the rest of this course. Now over on the left side, we see that list of all applications. You can scroll up and down through here. Up at the top, we see recently added, and then we see a most used category. The most used section does update automatically, so over time it will change to show the applications that you launch most often.
And of course, you can click on any of these items to simply launch that application. And again, I don't want to use this application right now, so I'll hit the x in the top right to close it, and we'll just go right back to the start menu. Now you may not see this recently added section up at the top. That category is only here if you've recently installed a new app from the Windows app store. So since I just installed the Facebook app, it's listed here, and I could click on that to launch that application. Now below the most used section of course, we see a big alphabetical list of every application you have on your computer.
You can scroll through this list, find the application that you want to use, click on it to launch it. It's really that easy. And again, I don't want to use this for now. I'm going to hit the x to close that. We'll go back to the start menu. And I do want you to see that some applications might be sorted together in folders, and a really good example of that is down here near the bottom, there is this Windows accessories folder. If I click on that, it opens up and it shows me a bunch of applications inside of that folder.
And I could launch these applications from here. So a good example here would be Wordpad. I don't see it on the master list until I open up this folder. I can click on that to launch it. Wordpad is a great little application that comes with Windows. You can use it to write documents if you do not have Microsoft Word. It's much more limited than Microsoft Word but it works. And again, I'm just going to close this. Okay, so we've seen how you can launch applications from the start menu, but there's also this cluster of buttons down on the task bar.
You can see by default, we've got a button for Edge, the web browser, for File Explorer and the Windows App store. You can click on any of these buttons to launch those applications. Now later, you will probably want to customize the icons that appear in the task bar, to set up short cuts to a few applications that you use everyday. But for now, I just wanted you to see how easy it is to launch one of the applications from here. And of course, I don't want to use this, so I'll close it. So that's it. Of course, there is more you can do with the start menu and the task bar, but what we've seen here is core to launching applications in Windows.
- Launching applications
- Interacting with windows, menus, and ribbons
- Multitasking to switch between multiple applications
- Switching to tablet mode
- Managing files and folders with the File Explorer
- Browsing the web with Edge
- Working with email, contacts, and calendars
- Using and installing apps
- Managing display and account settings
- Backing up Windows 10
- Troubleshooting Windows 10
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 12/08/2017. What changed?
A: The following topics were updated: understanding essential folder structure, including the user folder; using shortcuts to files and folders; and creating 3D objects in Paint 3D.