Re: Start button/Program menu in Windows Vista

Subject: Re: Start button/Program menu in Windows Vista
From: "Dana Worley" <dana -at- campbellsci -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 10:13:59 -0700

Hi Paul,

I generally try to stay away from telling people how to operate their computers. At
least with my users, we've got people running on systems from Windows 98 on up. I
can't be assured that they'll all be running Vista after its release (in fact, I *know* they
won't -- there will be a few early adopters and some corporations who deploy Vista
company-wide, but for the most part, people will replace their OS as they replace
their computer). If I do have to document something that involves the OS's GUI, I
pick one (for instance, XP), and put in a sentence or two such as "this is how you do
this in Windows XP. The steps for other operating systems might be slightly different.
Consult the on-line help for the OS, etc.).

> Are you going to instruct the user to type "the entire name of your app"
> in your instructions to find it and then double-click?

I'm not sure I understand what you are talking about. On the Vista computer I have
been testing, which is running the released OS, you go to the Start icon (the popup
hint still reads "Start" BTW), click All Programs, and choose your program from the
list. Just like any other Windows OS, but better, since the start menu is more of a
pane that is populated with the relevant choices, instead of a series of cascading
menus, where one false mouse move will make your list go away and you have to
start over :)

Dana W.

Dana Worley
Software Product Manager/Manager, Software Support Group
Campbell Scientific, Inc.
Microsoft MVP, Windows Help


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