When I start Windows, I always open up two programs, Outlook Express, and Internet Explorer. Speech users know the drill, Hit the “Windows” key, “P” for “Programs”, “I” for Internet Explorer, “Windows” key again, “P” for “Programs”, and “O” for Outlook Express. That process always seemed crazy to me. Now, I could set up shortcuts for these programs, but you run the risk of something conflicting with another program’s shortcuts. Well, I found a cool way to launch these programs without having to leave the Start Menu.
The next time you need to launch more than one program from your Programs menu (Start/All Programs), hold down your SHIFT key while you click the program’s icon with your mouse. The application will launch, but you won’t lose the Programs menu and have to start all over.
The same trick works for speech users too.
- Press your “Windows” key
- Press “P” for “Programs”
- Arrow to the program you want
- Hold down the “Shift” key and press “Enter”
- Move to the next program, and either hold down the “Shift” as you press “Enter” on the icon, or just press “Enter” to launch both programs.