Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Exploring Files and Folders
Viewing folder contents in My Computer
click to return to your previous location
click to move up one
level in the hierarchy
links to other locations
on your computer
Shannon prefers to use Windows Explorer to manage her files. You’ll use Windows
Explorer to manage files in the rest of this tutorial.
Using Windows Explorer
Windows XP also provides a folder for your documents—the My Documents folder ,
which is designed to store the files and folders you work with regularly. On your own
computer, this is where you can keep your data files—the memos, videos, graphics,
music, and other files that you create, edit, and manipulate in a program. If you are work-
ing in a computer lab, you might not be able to access the My Documents folder, or you
might be able to store files there only temporarily because that folder is emptied every
night. Instead, you might permanently store your Data Files on removable media or in a
different folder on your computer or network.
When you start Windows Explorer, it opens to the My Documents folder by default. If
you cannot access the My Documents folder, the screens you see as you perform the fol-
lowing steps will differ. However, you can still perform the steps accurately.
To examine the organization of your computer using Windows Explorer:
1. Click the Start button on the taskbar, point to All Programs , point to Accessories , and
then click Windows Explorer . The Windows Explorer window opens.
2. Click the expand icon next to the My Computer icon. The drives and other useful loca-
tions on your computer appear under the My Computer icon, as shown in Figure 6. The
contents of your computer will differ.