Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Exploring Files and Folders
Figure 6
Viewing the contents of your computer
contents of the
folder selected in
the Folders pane
drives on yo u r
computer
other useful
locations on
your computer
3. Click the expand icon next to the Local Disk (C:) icon. The contents of your hard disk appear
under the Local Disk (C:) icon.
Trouble? If you do not have permission to access drive C, skip Step 3 and read but do not
perform the remaining steps.
My Documents is still the selected folder. To view the contents of an object in the right
pane, you can click the object’s icon in the Folders pane.
4. Click Documents and Settings in the Folders pane. Its contents appear in the right pane.
Documents and Settings is a built-in Windows XP folder that contains a folder for each user
installed on the system.
You’ve already mastered the basics of navigating your computer with Windows Explorer.
You click expand icons in the left pane until you find the folder that you want. Then you
click the folder icon in the left pane to view the files it contains in the right pane.
Navigating to Your Data Files
The file path is a notation that indicates a file’s location on your computer. The file path
leads you through the Windows file system to your file. For example, the Holiday file is
stored in the Tutorial subfolder of the FM folder. If you are working on a USB drive, for
example, the path to this file might be as follows:
F:\FM\Tutorial\Holiday.bmp
This path has four parts, and each part is separated by a backslash ( \ ):
F : The drive name; for example, drive F might be the name for the USB drive. If this file
were stored on the hard disk, the drive name would be C.
FM : The top-level folder on drive F.
Tutorial : A subfolder in the FM folder.
Holiday.bmp : The full filename with the file extension.
If someone tells you to find the file F:\FM\Tutorial\Holiday.bmp, you know you must
navigate to your USB drive, open the FM folder, and then open the Tutorial folder to find
the Holiday file. My Computer and Windows Explorer can display the full file path in their
Address bars so you can keep track of your current location as you navigate.
 
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