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Navigating Through Drives and Folders

At first, you might choose to save all your documents in the same folder. It's easier when you are just starting out to keep everything in one place. However, the more documents you create, the more difficult it becomes to locate the one you want. The "Organizing Files in Folders" section, later in this chapter, covers file management strategies to help you get your files organized.

Moving around in the drives or folders on your system is easily done thanks to the tools in the Open File dialog box. Try these techniques to look through the drives and folders:

  • Double-click a folder icon to open the folder and display the list of files and folders in that folder.

  • Click the Go Back One Folder Level button (see Figure 3.4) to move up a level in the folder list, or to move back to the previous folder.

  • Click the Look in drop-down list arrow and choose another drive.

Figure 3.4Figure 3.4 Arranging the file list by date or by type can help you locate a specific file.

If you like the way the Windows Explorer looks, you can make the WordPerfect Open File dialog box look just like it. Click the Folders button (refer to Figure 3.4) to split the file list in two. The left side (or pane) has a list of drives and folders. The right side doesn't change. It still has the list of folders and files in the current folder.


When you open a different folder in the Open File dialog box, that folder becomes the new default folder. The next time you open the Open File dialog box, you'll see the list of files in that folder.

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