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File and Folder Management


Every Windows folder provides easy access to common file and folder management tasks. When you open any folder on your computer, a list of hyperlinked tasks is displayed next to the folder contents. You can select a file or folder, and then click a task to rename, copy, move, or delete it. You can also send a file in e-mail or publish it to the Web.

In addition to the basic file and folder tasks provided in all Windows folders, there are several folders that provide links to specialized tasks.

My Pictures and My Music folders provide task links that can help you manage your picture and music files.

In the My Computer folder, you can view and select the drives on your computer, the devices with removable storage, and the files stored on your computer. You can use the task links in this folder to view information about your computer, change system settings using Control Panel, and perform other system management tasks.

Use the Recycle Bin tasks to empty the Recycle Bin or restore deleted files and folders to their original locations. The Recycle Bin is displayed on your desktop

To create a new folder

1. Open My Documents

2. Under File and Folder Tasks, click Make a new folder.

A new folder is displayed with the default name, New Folder, selected.

3. Type a name for the new folder, and then press ENTER.
 

To move a file or folder

1.

Open My Documents

If the file or folder you want to move is not located in My Documents or its subfolders, use Search to find it. To open Search, click Start, and then click Search.

2.

Click the file or folder you want to move.

3.

Under File and Folder Tasks, click Move this file or Move this folder.

4.

In Move Items, click the new location for the file or folder, and then click Move.

 

To copy a file or folder

1.

Open My Documents

If the file or folder you want to copy is not located in My Documents or its subfolders, use Search to find it. To open Search, click Start, and then click Search.

2.

Click the file or folder you want to copy.

3.

Under File and Folder Tasks, click Copy this file or Copy this folder.

4.

In Copy Items, select the drive or folder you want to copy to, and then click Copy.

To delete a file or folder

1.

Open My Documents

If the file or folder you want to delete is not located in My Documents or its subfolders, use Search to find it. To open Search, click Start, and then click Search.

2.

Click the file or folder you want to delete.

3.

Under File and Folder Tasks, click Delete this file or Delete this folder.