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1 Introduction to Windows File Management

2 some basics Windows: is the operating system of your computer .. Every program runs in its own window 95, 98, 2000 (NT) Me desktop, icons (shortcuts) task bar, tray and start button (menu)

3 Windows Parts of a window: control menu, title bar, minimize/maximize/close, standard menu bar, scrollbar, scroll arrows, workspace

4 Display options right click on desktop click on tabs to select
change screen savers, settings, colors, etc. press “ok” or apply and ok, when done

5 My Computer right click and choose properties to see info about your computer and how much memory (RAM) you have Performance tab tells you how much memory is is being used at the time

6 TIPS One computing rule for beginners: read the screen!

7 Options, Options, Options...
single or double click? you could right click on an icon and choose “open” from the menu, or you could click once on the icon to “highlight” it and then press the “enter” key on your keyboard. Then again, you could double click on the icon!

8 Windows Explorer Windows Explorer is an application that you use to view all the folders and files on your computer. You can access Windows Explorer in many ways. The most common way is through the Start menu. Click on Start > Programs > Windows Explorer . It’s faster to right click on the my computer icon and select “Explore”.

9 File Management Explorer may look different on every computer
the info on the HDD is organized in directories and subdirectories (*folders*) with files or documents inside .. like a file cabinet. (You can also use “My Computer” for file management. )


11 Explorer - the view Two panes: left is directory tree right are details uncheck “as a web page” and click “details” plus signs – expand the tree minus signs – collapse the tree

12 Drive letters A: floppy B: old 5-1/4 real floppy C: HDD
D: could be a partition of the HDD E: could be a back up drive (Zip) F: CD-ROM G: burner networks: server

13 file extensions/associations
All files have a three letter extension on the end of them. They all mean something! e.g: .exe .txt. .doc. .gif windows “associates” all files with an application. i.e. double click on a file name in Explorer and it will open the associated program and load the file in it.

14 File Extensions .exe - executable – is the program
.doc – Microsoft Word “document” .txt - text .pdf - portable document file (acrobat) .dll - dynamic link library - a driver .wpd Word Perfect document .ppt – power point presentation bmp, gif, jpg - graphics files htm - web page file

15 C drive Your main drive with Windows and the programs and files on it.
Files or folders that are found directly under the C:\ are said to be in the “root directory”

16 create a new folder click on C or the folder where you want to create the new folder flick: file>new>folder folder will appear – type in the name click in the white space

17 Send to – delete - undo right click on a file - send to - 31/2 floppy A will copy the file to your floppy disk Delete files by select and press delete on keyboard or file > delete Undo your last action – edit > undo

18 dragging files can be moved or copied by dragging.
click on a file, hold down the mouse button and drag to its new destination. dragging to a new drive letter (c to a) will always copy dragging within same drive will move it

19 organize your stuff can “select” more that one file at a time by holding the ctrl key

20 new shortcut to quickly add a new shortcut to your desktop find the executable file in Window Explorer and right click Select the “create shortcut” command…experiment!!

21 Explorer in dialog boxes
Save/save as, open and attach files “Save As” is used the first time you save a file. It lets you choose a filename and location for the document you’re saving. “Save” saves a document you’ve previously saved, writing directly over (and obliterating) the earlier version.

22 Save as Use the Save As option to make a copy of an existing document:
E.g. you’ve finished writing a report and saved it on your hard disk. You can use the Save As command to make a copy of this document in a different location, such as on a floppy disk, or in same directory with a different name.

23 Save as 1 drop down box 2 choose where to save 3 name/rename your file
4 press save

24 Thank you!

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