The main focus of this video is to show how to launch applications. But you can use the Start menu and pinned applications in the taskbar. So, this video also serves as in introduction to working with the Start menu and a review of some parts of the taskbar.
- [Narrator] Let's talk about launching applications. The two most common places to launch applications will be the start menu and the task bar. Let's start with the start menu. I'll just click on the start button on the bottom left to open it up. There are lots of important controls here, but our main goal is usually to locate and launch an application. First, on the right side you can see a bunch of tiles. These tiles generally launch applications, so if I click on the weather tile for example, it launches the weather application. Pretty simple. Eventually, you will probably want to customize this list of tiles so that you only have tiles that you want.
But for now let's just focus on using the tiles that I have here. Now, these tiles are about more than just launching an application. On one hand, the tiles give you nice, big, easy to see buttons for apps that you use on a regular basis. But another thing you should notice is that some tiles give you information about that app even before you click on it. I can see information about today's weather before I even click on that tile. So this is known as a live tile, and if you do not want that live information to be displayed on the tile, then you can right click on it, go to more, and turn the 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 the tile. And actually because it can be distracting I'm going to leave all of my live tiles turned off for the rest of this course. Alright so then on the left, we see this full list of applications. You may see separate categories up at the top for recents and most used. These update automatically so they change over time. But below that, we see this long alphabetical list of all of the applications on this computer.
You can scroll through the list, and you can launch any application just by clicking on it. So I'm going to click on calculator, and it launches that application. Alright let's go back to the start menu. Some applications might be sorted together in folders. So if we scroll all the way down to the bottom here, we can see some folders here like windows accessories. If I click on that, it opens up and I can see the contents of that folder. Just as an example, let me open the application wordpad which is inside of the windows accessories folder.
I'll just 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 don't have something like microsoft word. It's much more limited than microsoft word, but it does work. So we've seen how you can launch applications from the start menu, but there's also this cluster of buttons right here on the task bar. By default you should see shortcuts for edge, for file explorer, and for the windows store. Also if you are currently running an application that has not been permanently pinned to the task bar it will be visible here as long as that application is running.
Later, you will probably want to customize this cluster of application icons to set up shortcuts to just the applications that you use everyday. For now, I just wanted you to see that it's easy to launch an application from here. I have a shortcut for edge, so I can click on that button and it launches the application. So that gives you options to launch applications either from the start menu or from the task bar.
- Interacting with windows and menus
- Multitasking to switch between multiple applications
- Using Cortana, the digital assistant
- Working with email, contacts, and calendars
- Switching to tablet mode
- Managing files and folders with the File Explorer
- Using and installing apps
- Managing display and account settings
- Sharing data between devices
- Backing up Windows 10
- Protecting your computer from viruses
- Troubleshooting Windows 10
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/24/2018. What changed?
A: The following topics were updated: signing in, shutting down, sleeping, and restarting your computer; using shortcuts to files and folders; and linking a phone to Windows.