Sunday, July 22, 2012

Creating and Working with Folders

A folder is one of the most basic elements of the Windows operating system.  A folder basically holds files and folders, similar to a physical filing systems where a folder holds the files.  Folders are used to keep files organized, even your computers desktop is a folder!  For Windows 7 you can find your desktop folder at: C:\Users\{your username}\Desktop (screenshot below).  For a previous post on files, you can check here: http://www.computer-skills.info/2011/04/what-is-file.html.

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To create a folder, simply click on an empty spot either on your desktop or in a folder where you want the new folder.  From the right click menu, mouse over new, and click Folder.  When the folder is created it will allow you to name the folder, give the folder a name you desire and either click in a empty spot or press Enter on the keyboard.  You can find more information on renaming here: http://www.computer-skills.info/2011/04/renaming-file.html, works the same for both files and folders.

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Now that your folder is created you can add files, additional folders, or whatever you needed the folder for.

Navigating Folders

The main folder (if you want to call it that) is My Computer.  My Computer holds all the hard drives, disk drives, floppy drives, card readers, and other devices with storage.  There is a My Computer or just Computer located on the Start Menu and sometimes the desktop, if enabled.  From My Computer you can access all folders and files on or attached to the computer.  For example, if you put a CD or DVD into the disk drive and nothing happens, you can go to My Computer and open the drive manually.

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Another important thing for navigating is the address bar along the top of the Explorer window, in the screenshot above, I am in the “root” folder Computer.  In the screenshot below I am in Computer > Local Disk C > Users > Randy > Downloads.  The real address to this by the way is: C:\Users\Randy\Downloads.  This tells you that you are in the C drive, in the Users Folder, in the Randy folder, looking at the downloads folder.  Clicking on any of the individual links will take you directly to that folder level, for example if I Click on Local Disk (C:) it will take me directly to Local Disk C.

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