How Do I - Switch between Programs?

You may have multiple programs running at the same time. The process is called 'multi-tasking The ability of the operating system to run multiple programs at the same time. There are two types of multi-tasking: 1) Preemptive multi-tasking in which the operating system allots resources of the CPU to each program, and 2) co-operative multi-tasking, in which each program can occupy the processing power of the CPU as it needs.', and is the primary reason for the Windows 'Windows' is the trade-marked name of a computer operating system (OS) created and owned by Microsoft Corporation of Redmond, Washington, U.S.A. Versions of Windows include Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, and XP (XP is the current Windows version). Each of these iterations added functionality or stability (or both) to the version before it. operating system.

Switch Running Programs

Open your programs by double-clicking the desktop 1) All the things you see when you first start your computer - before you 'open' any programs - such as icons to start programs and your favorite picture. 2) The top of your desk at home or the office, where you put the most-used tools, ready when needed. 2) A non-portable computer, as opposed to a 'laptop' computer. icon A very small pictorial representation of an item or function. For instance, if you wish to 'cut' an item from a document, you can select the item, then click the icon that represents the 'Cut' tool (a picture of a pair of scissors). Icons may also represent programs. You may start a program by clicking the program icon on the desktop., or by opening the 'Start' > 'Programs' menu A selection list from which you may choose one or more actions or objects. In Windows, the 'Start' menu is the primary list of programs installed on the PC. Another notable Windows menu is the 'context' menu; place the mouse pointer above an item, then 'right-click' to produce a menu relevant to (in the context of) the object under the pointer. to select To choose one or more objects for an action (such as copy, or format). Selected objects are distinguished by a 'darkening' of the object. To select a single object, left click it. You may perform an action on multiple items at once by 'selecting' the items, then choosing the action. For example, to 'bold' multiple characters in a document, 'select' a 'block' of characters, then click the 'bold' tool on the document processor's toolbar.. Then, with several programs running, you may switch from one to another as follows:

  1. Press and hold the 'ALT' keyboard The primary device for inputting data into the computer CPU. When depressed, each key on a keyboard activates a series of 'on' and 'off' switches, the sequence of which in turn represents the letter or character of the depressed keyboard key. key while you

  2. Press the 'keyboard TAB' key

  3. To select the program Also called an 'application'. A 'program' creates, displays, or calculates the input of the program user. Each program is displayed in its own 'window', a separately bordered area of the computer screen. Programs generally fall into two groups, an 'application program', or a 'system program'. you wish to run now...

  4. Release the 'ALT' key.

Tile or Cascade

With multiple programs running, you can view all, without manually re-sizing the program windows. Here is how, step by step:

  1. Move the mouse A device used as an interface between user and computer. The 'corded' mouse moves the computer pointer by sensing the movement of a small ball built into the bottom of the mouse. There are also cordless mouses, which may use infrared, radio signals, or pressure to control the movement of a pointing device or 'cursor'. pointer to the Taskbar The 'Taskbar' is the bar that is normally located horizontally at the bottom of your Windows desktop. The Taskbar displays currently running programs, and gives you single-click access to others you use often. It is a bar that displays your tasks! at the bottom of the screen The 'face' of a computer monitor. CRT monitor screens are measured from corner to corner, which normally results in over stating the screen size, because part of the screen is covered by the monitor case. LCD monitor measurements are more accurate, because they have no 'curve' to hide a portion of the screen.

  2. Right-click the Taskbar and select (click To press or 'tap' the left-side mouse button. When the pointer is over a link or menu, this will cause the menu to be opened, or the action performed. When the pointer is NOT over an 'actionable' item, it will 'focus' the computer on the area clicked.) 'Tile Tiling places multiple documents or programs next to each other, arranged like the tiles on a floor. Each window occupies an equal amount of screen area when tiled, and program menus are 'stacked' for visibility. You may tile windows horizontally or vertically from the right-click menu on the Taskbar. ' (vertically or horizontally)

  3. You may also select 'Cascade To 'overlap' program or document windows so the Title bar is visible for each. To make a program the 'active' application, click the Title bar to bring that window to the front of the cascade. When playing a card game, we 'cascade' the cards in our hand so that a portion of each card is visible. ' from the Taskbar right-click menu


So do not close the program you are working with, to start another. You can have as many programs running as your RAM and other resources will support.

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