Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Using Libraries and Folders
Figure 3
Viewing fi les in a folder window
arrow button in the
Address bar for
navigating to subfolders
Back, Forward, and
Recent Pages buttons
Search box
the name of the
selected library
click to collapse the folder
selected folder
click to expand the folder
contents of the selected
Using the Navigation pane helps you explore your computer and orients you to your
current location. As you move, copy, delete, and perform other tasks with the fi les in
the right pane of a folder window, you can refer to the Navigation pane to see how your
changes affect the overall organization.
In addition to using the Navigation pane, you can use folder windows and many
dialog boxes to explore your computer in the following ways:
• Opening drives and folders in the right pane: To view the contents of a drive or folder,
double-click the drive or folder icon in the right pane of a folder window.
• Using the Address bar: Use the Address bar to navigate to a different folder. The
Address bar displays your current folder as a series of locations separated by arrows.
Click a folder name or an arrow button to navigate to a different location.
• Clicking the Back, Forward, and Recent Pages buttons: Use the Back, Forward, and
Recent Pages buttons to navigate to other folders you have already opened. After you
change folders, use the Back button to return to the original folder or click the Recent
Pages button to navigate to a location you’ve visited recently.
• Using the Search box: To fi nd a fi le or folder stored in the current folder or its
subfolders, type a word or phrase in the Search box. The search begins as soon as you start
typing. Windows fi nds fi les based on text in the fi lename, text within the fi le, and other
characteristics of the fi le, such as tags (descriptive words or phrases you add to your
fi les) or the author.
Using Libraries and Folders
When you open Windows Explorer, it shows the contents of the Windows built-in
libraries by default. A library displays similar types of fi les together, no matter where they are
stored. In contrast, a folder stores fi les in a specifi c location, such as in the Professional
Writing subfolder of the My Documents folder on the Local Disk (C:) drive. When you
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