Software might also be called an application. To open an application on your computer first click on the start menu (usually found in the lower left-hand corner of your monitor), in the left hand column you will see your most recently used applications. If the application you currently want is on that list, then double-click to open that particular piece of software. Many times, however, you will find that the desired application is not in the favorites group. When that happens you have to navigate to your desired piece of software. Say, for example, that you want to open Excel, the very popular business program for creating electronic spreadsheets but you notice it is not currently in the favorites group. You would then click on “All Programs“. This brings up a list of program categories. As you study this list, you note that Excel is still not available to you. The reason for this is that the system software categorizes programs automatically. In this way it is able to keep the overall list to a manageable size. Now, study this list again. Since you know that Excel is one of the programs that is included in Microsoft Office application suite, you conclude that you will find Excel in that group. Whenever you see one of the little arrows, it tells you that there is an additional menu of choices available. Next, move your mouse over the arrow. Don’t click! Just move your mouse. A new menu appears, giving you a list of all available Microsoft Office programs.
After you have completed work in the open application, there are two tasks to complete. The first is to save your work. Go to File > Save and single click. Or you can click on Save As which will give you an option where to save it at, like on your desktop. When you first turn your computer on it will appear with all of the other icons on your screen making it easier to find. When you have finished the task at hand and saved your file, do a File > Close to close the particular file you are working on. Note that this action closes the file, but keeps the application itself open (in case you want to open another file). You have closed the file, but the application is still running. Sometimes you want to keep the application open because you are planning to open another file that requires that software. When you do want to close the application, simply go to File > Exit.