TECH TIP: Properties Of A Application
When you right-click on an icon, one of the options in the popup menu is Properties. We discussed Properties of a File last week. This week – Properties of an Application (or program).
When you install an application, the application is usually placed in the Program Files folder in your C drive (hard drive). That’s a general rule. Occasionally, the application may be installed in the C drive folder (sometimes called the root directory). In addition, the installation usually places a “shortcut” of the application in the Start Menu. Click on Start, then click on All Programs (or Programs). Here you will see all (or almost all) of the shortcuts to programs on your computer.
OK, let’s work with the properties of one of the applications in the Start Menu. Go to Start, then click on All Programs, then right-click on any application. (I right-clicked on Internet Explorer for this demonstration). Now click on Properties.
You see 3 tabs at the top of the Internet Explorer Properties window: General, Shortcut, and Compatibility.
The General Tab
This window gives you information about the application shortcut – not particularly important information. You also have the option of hiding the application or making it read-only – also, not particularly important items.
The Shortcut Tab
This window offers some neat options. You can set a Shortcut key to start the application. A Shortcut key is a key that you press on the keyboard to start the application. I clicked in the Shortcut key box and type the letter “E” (for Explorer). Notice that the Ctrl + Alt appear in the Shortcut key box along with the “E.” Click on the word Apply. So you have set a keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+Alt+E) which will startup Internet Explorer – neat!
You can choose the window size you want when the program starts up. I usually like Internet explorer to be maximized when it starts up, so I clicked on the down arrow in the Run box and selected Maximized – also neat!
If you don’t like the icon of an application, you can change it. Click on Change Icon and simply choose another one.
You can find the actual program by clicking on Find Target. Occasionally, you may need to find the application, or the folder the application is in, so this is a handy option.
Those are some of the neat options you can use with Properties of an application. Go ahead and make some shortcut keys for your favorite programs. You’ll have quicker access to your programs.
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