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TECH TIP:  Windows Explorer – Organize your Hard Drive

Windows Explorer is not to be confused with Internet Explorer.  Windows Explorer is a built-in utility in all Windows versions (going back to Windows 95) used to help manage files on your computer.  You may never have given it much thought, but it is worth taking a look.  Start organizing your computer files – read on!

First of all, you do know that you should organize all your data files which you keep in My Documents – right??  How do you organize your files?  By making folders and storing your files in these appropriate folders…smart – very smart!  Hence…Windows Explorer!

There are any numbers of ways to start Windows Explorer. I will tell you the easiest, quickest way:  Hold down the Windows Key (next to the Alt key) and press the letter “e” – that’s it – Windows Explorer pops on your screen.  (There are more ways to start Windows Explorer at the end of this article).

On the left side are all the folders (and drives) contained on your hard drive.  Notice that some folders have a plus (+) sign – those are folders that contain other folders.  Click on the plus signs to see what is in that folder. 

When you click on a folder on the left side, the contents of that folder will appear on the right side.

Now you can start to organize your files…move, copy, delete, rename, make new folders …..etc.

Make a new folder: 

Move files

Copy files

Delete Files:

Rename files

Viewing files

Arranging Files

And last – there are other ways to get into Windows Explorer. 

OK – that’s enough for now!  Try some of these neat ways to manage and organize your files – you’ll be glad you did!

A word to our Mac users:  Macintosh computers use similar ways to organize files using folders.  I don’t always cover Mac issues but I want to point you to an great resource to use.  The BEST books out there for support are the Missing Manuals series of books by author David Pogue.  Visit his website:  http://www.missingmanuals.com/.  He is a genius writer for all levels of computer users.  He has a manual for Mac OS 9 and a manual for Mac OS X as well as manuals for many other Mac applications.  He also has 4 excellent manuals for Windows users:  Windows Me, Windows 2000 Pro, Windows XP Home Edition, and Windows XP Pro. 

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