You can run these programs on almost any PC (running DOS, Windows 3.1, 95, 98, or NT, but not Macintosh).
- Create a new folder (for example, right click on the desktop and select new folder, or type mkdir c:\qbasic at the DOS prompt).
- In that folder, put a copy of all the programs from the list on the left that you want to run.
- Try opening a program by double-clicking it. If it opens, skip to step 12.
- If it does not work or opens Visual Basic, try putting qbasic.exe and qbasic.hlp in that same folder.
- Double-click qbasic.exe
(or click Start, Run, and type the full pathname, such as c:\qbasic\qbasic.exe).
The QBasic editor will start in a few seconds.
- Press Esc to clear the dialog box.
- Press Alt (and let go) to activate the menus.
(Avoid using the mouse to control the menus if the QBasic editor is not running in full screen mode.)
- Press F for the File menu.
- Press O for Open. You should now see a list of files ending with .bas.
- Press Tab and the arrow keys to hilight the file you want.
- Press Enter. You should now see the Basic code.
- Press F5 to run the program.
Most of the programs display directions on the screen.
At any time, you can switch between the program and other windows by pressing Alt-Tab (together).
- When you are finished, press Esc (twice) to exit the program.
- Press Alt, F, X to exit the QBasic editor and return to Windows.