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Part 3: Working with Folders

One part of working with Windows is learning how to work with the documents you save and store on your system. Each time you save a document (a letter, worksheet, database, or other document), that information is saved as a file on your hard disk. You assign both a specific place for the file and a name.

To keep your files organized, you can set up folders. If your hard drive is like a big filing cabinet then folders are like drawers. Each folder can hold files or other folders. You can open and close folders, view a folder's contents, copy and move folders, and create or delete folders. New with Windows XP is the Folders Tasks list, which helps you understand and access the common folder commands, as covered in this part.


Task #

Page #

1 Opening My Computer


2 Opening the My Documents Folder


3 Opening the My Pictures Folder


4 Opening the My Music Folder


5 Selecting a Folder


6 Navigating Folders


7 Changing the Window View


8 Sorting the Contents of a Window


9 Grouping Icons


10 Creating a New Folder


11 Displaying the Folders List


12 Copying Folders


13 Moving Folders


14 Renaming Folders


15 Deleting Folders


16 Changing the Folder Options


Task 1: Opening My Computer

  1. Click Start.

  2. Click My Computer.

  3. You see icons for each of the drives on your computer as well as system folders. Double-click the icon representing your hard drive (usually C:).

  4. Each folder icon represents a folder on your hard drive. Each page icon represents a document (file). Click the Close button to close the window.

My Computer is an icon that represents all of the drives on your system. To open folders and display files, you often start by opening My Computer. Once you open this window, you can then open any of your drives to see the folders and files contained on that drive.

Use Shortcut Icon

If you have added the shortcut icon for My Computer to your desktop, you can double-click this icon to open My Computer, as covered in Part 10, "Personalizing Windows."

Tasks Pane

Windows XP displays a Tasks list with common tasks as well as Other Places and a Details area. When you click an icon, you can see information about the icon in the Details area.

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