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Navigating Folders

Part of using a computer is learning to navigate among the various folders on your system. You might need to find a document; to do so, you need to open the folder that contains that document. You might want to create new folders; you need to open the folder in which you want to place this new folder. Windows Vista provides several ways to navigate among the folders and drives on your computer.

To change to a different folder, use any of these methods:

  • In the address bar, click any of the listed folders to view that folder. Or, you can click the down arrows next to any of the folders to see a list of all of the folders it contains (see Figure 3.4). Microsoft refers to this new way of navigating folders as breadcrumbing.
    Figure 3.4

    Figure 3.4 Use the address bar to back up to a previous folder in the folder path or to display a list of previously visited folders.

  • Click the down arrow next to the address bar to display a list of folders you have previously viewed. You can click any folder in that list to go to that folder.
  • If you have gone from one folder to the next, you can click the Back and Forward buttons to move back to a previous folder or forward (if you have gone back).
  • To go to a folder in the Navigation pane, double-click the folder name. You see the contents of that folder.
  • To view and navigate using the Folders list, click the up arrow next to Folders. Folders contained within other folders are indented under the containing folder so that you can see how they folders are nested. Then click any of the folders to display its contents (see Figure 3.5). To hide the Folders list, click the down arrow.
    Figure 3.5

    Figure 3.5 You can display the Folders list in the Navigation pane and use it to open and move to other folders.

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