- To access Windows Explorer
The window size can be changed by dragging
the mouse diagonally from one of the corners of the window to increase or decrease
the size of the window. You can also size each of the vertical windows
within the larger one to see all of the information by dragging the mouse left
- Click on Start, Programs,
- -OR- Right Click with your
Mouse from the Start Menu
- Parts of Windows Explorer
Windows Explorer can be thought of as a file cabinet with folders
inside filing drawers that contain sheets of paper.
|Left Side of Window:
* the indentations indicate the directory structure
Folders and/or Programs
|Right Side of Window:
|Files and Folders within the folder selected at left. The selected
folder on the left appears to be open with the contents seen on the right.
A minus sign on a folder means that the contents are shown below it
A plus sign on a folder means that more files are contained inside it
than are visible.
When you want to see the details of your files (size, date created/modified)
click on view/details. When you just want to see a list of files,
click on view/list. (there is also an icon on the tool bar)
- Open Windows Explorer
- Click on the left side
to see how the subfolders and files are shown on the right side of the window.
- Use the scroll bar to
move the contents in your window up and down...and left to right.
- Click on the items on
the menu bar to see the options provided.
Although you do not save files using Windows Explorer, you
need to be familiar with the directory structure in order to successfully
save the files you work on.
When saving files:
Click on 'File', 'Save As'
When the window opens, click on the drop down menu (the triangle
button at the end of the 'Save in:' box) to display your drives.
Scroll to the drive letter (C: or A:), then double click on the folder
(directory) to which you wish to save the file. You will see that
folder in the the 'Save In' box.
In the 'File name:' (toward bottom of screen) enter
your choice of a filename.
In the Save as type:' (lower box) note the application
you are using. (The file ending is usually already chosen
for you. You have the option of changing it by clicking the triangle
to the right of this menu).
Finally, click on the Save button.
- Open Word Pad (Start,
Programs, Accessories, Word Pad).
- Type your name, school
name, and the name of any pets you have.
- Click on 'File', 'Save
- Go to the C: drive.
- Find the 'Temp' folder
and double click on it. It will pop into the box.
- In the 'File name:' box,
type 'test_doc' (without the ' ).
- Click on the 'Save' button.
- Now close the program
and open it up again.
- Click on the 'File', 'Open',
and follow the same procedure as above to locate the file.
- When you locate it, double
click on the file to open it into Word Pad.
- Close the program.
When you forget where saved your file, you can search
for it using the Windows Find feature. You can locate files
based on file name, a portion of a name, date, and/or the text included
in a file.
Your search results screen will list the file or files which match your
criteria. The screen functions like a window in Explorer or My Computer.
Here you may open, delete, move, and copy files.
Go to Start, choose Find, Files or Folders...
The find dialogue box comes up which looks like the image below.
Using a basic search, you indicate the file name or a portion of the file
name (if you don't know it all) and search either your entire computer,
or any drives or directories that you choose.
Here are some examples of ways of searching:
You saved a Word document to your hard drive [C:] but you can't remember
the name or where it was saved (but would recognize it). The syntax for
entering into the 'Named:' box would be
*.doc (this says show all files with a .doc extension)
*.ppt (this says show all files with a .ppt extension)
You want to find the file called 'budg-req. but you only remember part
of the name -- 'budg'. The syntax would be budg* (this says show all files
beginning with budg).
In the 'Look in:' box, click the Browse button and click on [C:] so that
the search will start from the main level or root of the c: drive.
Then click on 'Find Now' to start the search.
You should see all the documents with the .doc extension on your C: drive
(hard drive). When you find a file you are searching for, you can
double click on the file name and it will launch the application and open
- Open Explorer by clicking
Start, Programs, Windows Explorer.
- Open the 'Find'
program by clicking on Tools, Find, Files or Folders.
- In the 'Named:' box type
- IN the 'Look in:' box
click Browse and select C:
- Click on Find Now.
and Deleting Folders
Create folders by performing these
NOTE: Sub folders can be created under already established
folders in the same manner. On the menu bar, click one time on the
folder and click 'File', 'New', 'Folder'.
Open Windows Explorer--Start, Programs, Windows Explorer
If your window is small you may need to enlarge it (maximize it or drag
the right lower corner).
To create a folder (directory) on C: click one time on C: (on left) to
Go up to the menu bar at the top and click on 'File", 'New', 'Folder'.
A folder box appears on the right. Type your desired folder name
and click Enter.
On the menu bar at the top, click 'View', 'Refresh' and now you will see
your new folder on the left.
- Open Windows Explorer.
- Scroll the left side scroll
bar up until you [C:] and click once on [C:].
- Go up to 'File' on the
menu bar and choose 'New', 'Folder'.
- Replace 'New Folder' with
'Downloads' and hit Enter. Now when you download something from the
Web, you can put the file in this directory.
- Click on [C:] again and
make another folder called 'GirlTECH'.
- Now click once on the
'GirlTECH' folder and create a folder name 'Lessons'. You may want to
create another folder for another category you may want to use. (i.e.
Delete files and folders is easy--almost
Select the file or folder and click the delete icon on your toolbar.
Select the file or folder and press the delete key (del)
Right click the file or folder nad choose delete.
Drag the file and drop it in the recycling bin on your desktop.
WARNING: When you delete a folder, you delete all files
in that folder. Before deleting a folder, be sure that it does not
contain files you wish to keep!
- Close one of the Explorer
windows if still open.
- Click on A: to reveal
your files on the right side
- Left click on one of the
files to select it
- press your Delete
key on the keyboard.
- Now select another file
- Copy that file to your
Temp directory (according to instructions above).
- Double click on the Temp
folder to see the file.
- Now left click on that
file to select it.
- Drag the file to the 'Recycle
Bin'. Remeber, that file is not really gone yet. You can retrieve
it. But once you empty the bin it is history! Also, only files
deleted from your hard drive can be retrieved from the Recycle Bin.
and Moving Files
Basically when copying files from one directory or drive to another,
you are going to select the file, then use one of these methods to copy
it to another location.
You can use several methods for copying (and moving) files:
As you gain more experience and confidence, you will probably use the dragging
option more frequently. Initially, you may prefer the other options.
clicking a toolbar icon,
clicking edit, copy on the menu bar,
pressing 'control c' on your keyboard, or
dragging your files to another location.
Try the following ways to copy files using the different methods:
Put a disk with at least 3 expendable files to play with in your
Open Windows Explorer
Click once on [A:] to reveal all the files on your disk (A: drive).
Right click on one of the files and choose copy.
On the left side click on C: and navigate down to the Temp folder.
Right click on Temp and choose Paste (left click).
Check it by double clicking on the Temp directory folder to see it displayed
on the right side
Click once on a file on your disk (A:), on the menu bar choose edit, copy.
Navigate to the directory folder where you wish to place your file(Temp).
Select it by clicking on it once.
On the menu bar choose edit, paste.
Check it by double clicking on Temp to see it displayed on the right side.
Select a file on you A: drive (disk) by clicking on it once, press Ctrl
C (hold down control while you press the letter c). Then release it--you
have just copied it.
Navigate to the directory where you wish to place your file (Temp). Select
it by left clicking on Temp once.
Press Ctrl V (hold down control while your press v).
Check it by double clicking on Temp and see it displayed on the right.
NOTE: You need both directories visible to use this option.
Or you can open up Explorer again and move the windows around for good
Drop it precisely on the folder to which it will go. A small box will be
visible around the selected folder, so that you can drop it within that
folder. If you miss, check the folders above and below your selected
folder to see if the file landed there. Otherwise, you may have to search
to locate it.
Then in one window locate the file to be copied .
In the 2nd window scroll to the desired target drive and folder so that
it is visible.
Then click and hold the left mouse button on the file in the first window
and drag it to the 2nd window to the desired folder:
a) if copying it to the same drive, hold down the letter C on your
keyboard while you drag it. (Remember: C for copy!)
b) if copying to a different drive, just drag it.
(Windows 95 or 98 automatically copies rather than moves to different
TIP: You can copy several files at a time by
Left clicking on 1 file, hold down the 'Ctrl' key while you select
the other files
Release the Ctrl key and on any one of the selected files drag to
Perform these copy maneuvers:
Now let's try another copying maneuver. You are going to copy several files
from one drive to another using 2 windows:
Click on A: to reveal your files on the right side.
Right click on one of the files and choose Copy.
On the left, scroll down to the Temp folder, right click on it, choose
See how easy!
Repeat the same steps, but this time select the file and click on Edit
on the menu bar, then perform the copy and paste.
Open Windows Explorer
Open Windows Explorer again
On the task bar at the very bottom of the screen, find an open spot, right
click in that space and choose 'Tile Windows Horizontally'. Now
you have 2 windows open.
In the top window, click on A: to reveal your files on the right side.
In the bottom window, click on C: and scroll to the Temp folder.
In the top window, select 3 files by
Left clicking on 1 file, hold down the 'Ctrl' key while you select (left
click) 2 other files. Now you see 3 highlighted (selected) files.
Release the Ctrl key and on any one of the selected files drag to the bottom
window to the Temp folder. All 3 files were copied.
The process of moving files from one place to another is essentially
the same. When right clicking, or choosing Edit from the menu,
Note: Dragging files only copies files -- they remain in 2 places.
Also, remember you can move multiple files in the same manner as described
under 'Copying Files'.
Select your file.
Choose cut instead of copy
Then go to the drive or directory where you want to move the file and select
Try moving a file by doing the following:
On the left, click on A: to reveal your files on the right side.
Right click on one of the files and choose Cut.
Then scroll to your Temp directory on the left, right click on Temp and
Now click once on that same file in the Temp.
Click on Edit on the menu bar and choose Cut
Now click on A: and on the menu bar choose Edit, Paste.
last edited by Susan Boone 6/12/01 16:06