I see people spending a lot of time looking for things they should just be “searching” for. Give this a try and see if this makes things easier
On Windows Vista and Windows 7 machines, instant search is available directly from the start menu. When you want to open a program, instead of digging through the programs list, just hit the Windows key to open the start menu (the one with the Windows logo on the bottom row of your keyboard) then just type some of the name of the program and it will show up in the list. If what you want is on the top of the list, just hit enter. Otherwise, you can just click on the program you want. This also works for documents.
Example: To open “Excel,” hit the Windows key and type “exc” and hit enter.