How to Open a Program on the Computer

by eHow Computers Editor

When you want to use a program on your MS Windows-equipped computer, you first have to open it. If you are unfamiliar with how your computer works or if you have recently upgraded your operating system from a very old version, then you may have trouble locating the program that you want to use. Fortunately, there are three very simple steps to finding and opening a program on your computer, which are easy to follow and even easier to remember once you get the hang of it.

Go to your 'Start' button and click it. This is located at one end of your task bar. This is the bar that stays on your computer and shows you your currently open programs. It may be along the bottom of you screen, the top of your screen, or along the left or the right hand sides of your screen.

Scroll up to 'All Programs' and wait for the program menus to pop up. If you have previously used the program, then it may also be located somewhere in the row above the 'All Programs' option. There are usually six to nine recently used programs located here.

Locate the program that you want to open and click on it. Depending on where your desired program is stored, you may have to look for it on secondary menus. For example, if you want to use the calculator, you will first have to go to 'Accessories' and then locate the calculator on the secondary pop-up menu.


  • check You can also open up a program in Windows by browsing to its physical location within your hard drive and clicking on the .exe file that executes the program.