Part 2. Working with Programs

One advantage to using Windows XP is the enormous number of available Windows programs. You can use many word-processing, database, spreadsheet, drawing, and other programs in Windows. This variety of programs provides all the tools you need to perform your everyday tasks.

Windows programs are easy to open and use, and enable you to create documents. In addition to learning how to open and exit programs, you also learn some skills for working with documents you create with those programs. Two important tasks are saving your work and opening your saved work, both covered here.


  1. Starting a Program from the Start Menu

  2. Exiting a Program

  3. Starting a Program from a Shortcut Icon

  4. Switching Between Programs

  5. Saving and Closing a Document

  6. Opening a Document

  7. Switching Between Open Documents

  8. Creating a New Document