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Common obstacles in sharing files

From: Computer Literacy for Windows

Video: Common obstacles in sharing files

When it comes to sharing files with other people, there are several factors that contribute to how easy or in many cases how difficult this process can actually be. The goal of sharing is to get a file from your computer to another person's computer and the first issue that comes up is probably the file size. The file size greatly influences how you are going to share the file. If the file size is small, like a text document or a couple of photos, you can probably attach the files to an email and send them off. But if you are trying to share say a large video or audio file, email is probably ruled out for all but the shortest clips and you are going to have to find some other method to transfer the file from your computer to your recipients.

Common obstacles in sharing files

When it comes to sharing files with other people, there are several factors that contribute to how easy or in many cases how difficult this process can actually be. The goal of sharing is to get a file from your computer to another person's computer and the first issue that comes up is probably the file size. The file size greatly influences how you are going to share the file. If the file size is small, like a text document or a couple of photos, you can probably attach the files to an email and send them off. But if you are trying to share say a large video or audio file, email is probably ruled out for all but the shortest clips and you are going to have to find some other method to transfer the file from your computer to your recipients.

One option is using portable media, like CD-ROMs or Flash drives, and that's the second hurdle, figuring out what sort of method or media to use in the transfer. How many CDs do you need? Does it make sense to burn a dozen CDs, a couple of DVDs or a single Blu-ray disc instead? Can your recipient even read Blu- ray discs on his or her computer? Should you send an actual hard drive instead? And once your files reached their destination, you may run into the issue of compatibility. Maybe you are sending a Microsoft Word document, but can your recipient open Word documents? Not if they don't have Word or some other Word compatible software installed, and even then do they have the fonts you've used, or is your document going to look different on their computer than it does on yours? If you are sending a video file, do they have the proper applications to watch the video? And these are just a handful of general examples of the obstacles that crop up when you just want to get a file from A to B. We are not going to be able to look at every possible file sharing option in this chapter, but I do want to look at two specific ways to help ensure that your files can be received and viewed by your recipients as consistently and successfully as possible.

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  1. 2m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the assessment files
      1m 2s
    3. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 9m 53s
    1. What's a computer?
      1m 48s
    2. What's inside a computer?
      2m 46s
    3. Laptop vs. desktop computers
      1m 52s
    4. Special considerations when using a laptop
      3m 27s
  3. 17m 29s
    1. Understanding the operating system
      3m 3s
    2. Understanding files, folders, and directories
      4m 38s
    3. Understanding your Home (User) folder
      3m 9s
    4. Using your desktop
      2m 46s
    5. Taking out the trash (recycle bin)
      1m 45s
    6. The right click
      2m 8s
  4. 25m 38s
    1. Understanding applications
      4m 36s
    2. Opening and saving files
      4m 3s
    3. Choosing the right tool
      4m 37s
    4. How to learn any application
      4m 53s
    5. Five things that work in all applications
      7m 29s
  5. 35m 26s
    1. Understanding computer ports
      2m 33s
    2. Setting up a printer
      3m 36s
    3. Printing your documents
      3m 52s
    4. Setting up a scanner
      2m 8s
    5. Scanning a document
      5m 59s
    6. Setting up a projector or a second monitor
      6m 17s
    7. Using a projector
      3m 43s
    8. Portable storage devices
      3m 55s
    9. Pairing with Bluetooth devices
      3m 23s
  6. 20m 46s
    1. Understanding networks and internet access
      2m 58s
    2. Connecting to wired networks
      2m 47s
    3. Connecting to wireless networks
      5m 0s
    4. Working in a networked environment
      5m 49s
    5. Staying protected from viruses
      4m 12s
  7. 23m 24s
    1. Understanding email servers and clients
      2m 11s
    2. Setting up your email application
      4m 15s
    3. Receiving and reading email
      3m 50s
    4. Composing new email messages
      7m 4s
    5. Reply vs. Reply All
      2m 12s
    6. Dealing with spam
      3m 52s
  8. 8m 22s
    1. Understanding search engines
      1m 24s
    2. Conducting basic searches
      3m 44s
    3. Conducting advanced searches
      3m 14s
  9. 27m 15s
    1. Introduction to word processors
      4m 46s
    2. Formatting text
      7m 57s
    3. Introduction to spreadsheets
      4m 0s
    4. Creating a simple data table
      8m 13s
    5. Formatting a data table
      2m 19s
  10. 28m 52s
    1. Importing images from a digital camera
      7m 57s
    2. Storing and organizing digital images
      4m 28s
    3. Basic image manipulation
      9m 17s
    4. Tagging images
      4m 56s
    5. Sharing images
      2m 14s
  11. 12m 46s
    1. Common obstacles in sharing files
      1m 37s
    2. Creating PDFs for document sharing
      6m 4s
    3. Compressing files
      5m 5s
  12. 1m 4s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 4s

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