Using the "Start" Button

The Windows Start button will usually be your first step for performing any task on the computer, from opening files and applications to changing system settings.

The Start button, by default, is in the bottom left corner of the screen at the end of the taskbar. The taskbar can be reoriented and the color scheme of the computer can be changed, so make sure you are familiar with the icon because it may be in a different place or be a different color:


Clicking on the Start button opens the Start menu.

start menu

On the left side of the menu, you will find The Most Used list, the list on the left, will change the more you use the computer. The applications that you open most frequently will be displayed. If you'd like to create a shortcut for your favorite program, see Create Shortcuts for Programs lesson.

On the right side, you will see links to the system settings.

If you click All Programs at the bottom of the menu, you will see a list of everything that is installed on the computer that you can open. You can also start typing the name of the program you are looking for in the search box at the bottom of the menu.


To exit the menu, simply click one of the shortcut links or app tiles to launch an application or click on the desktop.