Updated: 05/02/2021 by Computer Hope
Fictional Execute key in place of the Enter key on a keyboard.

Execute and execution are terms that describe the process of running a computer software program, script, or command. For example, each time you open your Internet browser, you are executing the program. In Windows to execute a program, double-click the executable file or double-click the shortcut icon pointing to the executable file. If you have a hard time double-clicking an icon, click the icon once to highlight it and then press Enter on the keyboard.

What happens when a file is executed?

When executed, a command, program, or script runs multiple instructions that tell the computer how to operate. What the computer does depends on these instructions. For example, one program may tell the computer to draw a circle, and a different program may tell the computer to draw a square.

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