Start a Program Manually
Sometimes it can be useful to start a program manually, for example when the program does not have an entry in the menu. This is easy to do with the Run Applications dialogue.
For an application you intend to use regularly that does not have a menu entry, it is also very easy to add a menu entry to Ubuntu. (see the section called "Menu Editing")
Open the Run Applications dialogue by typing: Alt-F2
Enter the name of the program you wish to run, and press Enter.