For those starting out using Microsoft Office and even for those familiar with the programs, our computers can sometimes be a treasure trove full of so many programs that it’s impossible to find the one we want.
For the vast majority of the time, users become very used to having a computer setup in a specific way and know instinctively where to go to open certain applications. I find many users rely on shortcut icons located on the desktop, or actually use any random file saved in whatever location they are currently browsing as a way to open a program such as Word, Excel or PowerPoint.
Let me show you the easiest way to open any of the Microsoft Office products and then see the link below where you can customise this process to the way that suits you.
Using Windows 7
To open any of the Office products using Windows 7, follow these steps:
- Click the Start button in the bottom left corner of the screen
- The Start menu will now be displayed
- Place your cursor in the Search box located at the bottom of the Start menu
- Now type the name of the program you wish to open E.g. Excel
- The program and any other files found with the same name will now be displayed in the Start menu
- Click the program from the list you wish to open
You can also open the Start menu and look through the All Programs area to locate the program listing here. Often you will find a folder called Microsoft Office and within that folder are the individual programs for you to access.
To see how to customise your start menu, see my post about how to Pin an application to the Start menu in Windows.