48. WINDOWS EXPLORER: (Copy, delete, move, save files, make a folder)


To put a Windows Explorer shortcut icon on your Desktop.
Right Click on the Desktop and select NEW, then Shortcut, copy and paste:
in the command line, click on Next, then Finish.

To put a Control Panel shortcut icon on your Desktop.
Right Click on the Desktop and select NEW, then Shortcut, type Control in the command line, click on Next, then Finish.

Click on the shortcut and Windows Explorer comes up.

To get to Windows Explorer go to Start, Programs, Accessories, Windows Explorer.

On the left side of Windows Explorer you will see all your drives, such as A, C, D, etc. and all your Folders which contains all your programs and files.

If the folder has a + sign in front of it, there are subfolders present. Click on the + and it will show the Subfolders. Click on the Folder instead of the + and it will show you the Subfolders and all the files on the right side of Windows Explorer.

In Windows Explorer, which is the File Manager for your computer, to COPY, SAVE, MOVE or DELETE files or folders you must first highlight them. To do this you must put your pointer on the file and click on it. (With single click you only have to hover the I bar over it.) If you wish to highlight several files, after you highlight the first one you must hold down the control key while you click on the others.

Now that they are highlighted they act as one as far as copying and deleting them are concerned.

To delete these highlighted files (BE SURE BEFORE DOING THIS) hit the delete key on your keyboard.

To make a copy of a floppy:
Put the original floppy in the A drive, Double Click on My Computer icon on the Desktop, then right click on the 3 1/2" icon and then click on Copy Disk, and follow instructions.

To copy to a floppy:

Right click any one of the highlighted files, click on Send To, then click on the 3 Floppy (A) icon, and it will copy all highlighted files to the floppy. Now, conversely, if you want to copy a floppy to your hard drive you need a Folder to put it in.

HOW TO MAKE A FOLDER: To make a new folder to put your files in: In Windows Explorer on the left side highlight the C drive.

Then go to File, New, click on Folder. On the right side of your screen you will see a pulsating bracket highlighted and reading [New Folder], type in your new folder's name, say Current Backups and hit enter and it will show up on the left side of your screen. The folders are arranged in alphabetical order.

If you want a subfolder under the My Documents folder, you highlight the My Documents folder and do the same as above.

Now highlight the files on the floppy by placing your cursor on the left side of the files, Left Click and drag straight down until you have highlighted those you want or hold the Control Key down and click on each file you want, if you want all the files, do Control A then Control C to Copy.

Now go to the new folder, click on it to high light it, Now do Control V to Paste.

The best view of Windows Explorer is Details.

In Windows Explorer, right click on an empty space on the right side and select View, then Details. This is a superior way to look at your files because it will show the NAME, SIZE, TYPE, and DATE MODIFIED.

While here you may click on any of these headers:

Look under NAME if the files appear in alphabetical order, click on NAME and they will appear in reverse alphabetical order.

Same with DATE MODIFIED, click once and they are in chronological order, click again and they are in reverse chronological order.

Click on SIZE and it will arrange the files from the smallest to the largest, click again and it will arrange them from the largest to the smallest.

Click on TYPE and it will arrange like files together.

In Windows Explorer when you are in your My Pictures Folder Right click on an empty space on the right side, go to View and click on Thumbnails and it will show you small photos of your .jpg files.

In Control Panel and My Computer only I like Large Icons. For My Pictures or any .jpg folder I use Thumbnails. For all others I use Details. These are personal choices, pick what you like.

To delete files from a floppy so you may use it again, put the floppy in Drive A, go to Windows Explorer, scroll up until you see 3 1/2 Floppy (A:) icon, click on it, files will show up on the right, do Control A to highlight All and hit the Delete Key on your Keyboard, then click on Yes. Now you can use the floppy to save something else.

A Path tells the computer where to find programs or files. If Browse comes up it wants to know the Path. It is like the mailman needing an address:

Mailman: Ky > Lexington > Southridge > 414
Computer: C:\My Documents\Computer Class\Top Fifty.doc

C: is the Drive > My Documents is the Folder > Computer Class is the Sub Folder > and Top Fifty.doc is the file.

This will save you a lot of time.

If you wish to hightlight separate files, hold the Control Key down and click on each file, after they are highlighted, they will act as one for the purpose of coping, saving, deleting, move, etc.

If you wish to highlight a group of files that are touching, you click on the first one, hold the Shift key down, then click on the last one and all in between will be highlighted.

Say you have 30 files and you wish to highlight all the files except 4 or 5, (this is tricky) then highlight the 4 or 5 files you don't want, go to Edit and click on Invert Selection.

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