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Windows 8.1 Essential Training
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Copying files in a single window


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Windows 8.1 Essential Training

with David Rivers

Video: Copying files in a single window

One of the most common tasks people use File Explorer for is to copy or move files around. That's what we're going to do right now, and here in Windows 8.1, it's actually quite easy. In fact, we can do it all from one single window. We don't need to open up separate windows and drag them from one to the other. We're going to experiment with out exercise files folder, so if you have it selected already, great. You can see each of the files in that folder. You could really work with any folder in any files you like, to follow along. Let's say we want to back all of these up.
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  1. 1m 23s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 32m 40s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 8.1 versions
      2m 43s
    2. Getting familiar with the user interface
      8m 11s
    3. Exploring the Windows 8.1 desktop
      6m 13s
    4. Using touch screens and gestures
      2m 8s
    5. Switching between apps with Switcher
      3m 50s
    6. Personalizing Windows 8.1
      7m 33s
    7. Creating tile groups
      2m 2s
  3. 43m 58s
    1. Using the ribbon in File Explorer
      10m 21s
    2. Organizing folders and files
      6m 22s
    3. Customizing folder behavior
      5m 28s
    4. Searching for files and file contents
      7m 22s
    5. Creating easy access to files and folders
      4m 56s
    6. Using SkyDrive
      4m 29s
    7. Copying files in a single window
      5m 0s
  4. 1h 11m
    1. Managing mail with the Mail app
      7m 46s
    2. Keeping dates with the Calendar app
      6m 59s
    3. Managing contacts in the People app
      9m 55s
    4. Communicating with contacts using Skype
      10m 13s
    5. Working with photos
      10m 58s
    6. Reading text with the Reader app
      4m 14s
    7. Managing music with the Music app
      8m 29s
    8. Locating places with Maps
      8m 29s
    9. Timing things with Alarms
      4m 19s
  5. 28m 18s
    1. Typing text with Sticky Notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      10m 30s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      10m 18s
    3. Performing calculations with the Calculator
      2m 55s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      4m 35s
  6. 31m 17s
    1. Viewing your current system specs
      4m 4s
    2. Controlling sound device volume settings
      7m 36s
    3. Removing unwanted applications
      2m 55s
    4. Setting default programs
      5m 26s
    5. Setting accessibility options
      8m 45s
    6. Navigation settings for desktop lovers
      2m 31s
  7. 20m 34s
    1. Getting connected
      4m 1s
    2. Connecting PCs with HomeGroup
      6m 29s
    3. Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop
      2m 44s
    4. Selecting sharing options for networks
      3m 54s
    5. Adding and removing devices
      3m 26s
  8. 40m 48s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      4m 26s
    2. Viewing and resolving security issues with Action Center
      3m 28s
    3. Battling malicious software with Windows Defender
      4m 52s
    4. Controlling user account access
      3m 53s
    5. Secure your account with passwords and PINs
      5m 51s
    6. Using Parental Controls
      10m 8s
    7. Encrypting a drive with BitLocker
      4m 22s
    8. Using Encrypting File System (EFS)
      3m 48s
  9. 12m 2s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      3m 27s
    2. Printing files to the XPS format
      4m 53s
    3. Accessing and changing printer options
      3m 42s
  10. 20m 43s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      4m 10s
    2. Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      4m 40s
    3. Backing up with File History
      5m 57s
    4. Reversing a fatal crash with System Restore
      3m 21s
    5. Reseting your Windows 8.1 installation
      2m 35s
  11. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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Windows 8.1 Essential Training
5h 3m Appropriate for all Oct 17, 2013

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Windows 8 was a new direction for Microsoft, offering mobile integration, cloud storage, and security enhancements. But some people were unhappy with its design. Windows 8.1 answers these complaints and takes Windows a step further. In this course, David Rivers shows you all its essential features. Take a tour of the interface, review the new file and folder behaviors, and meet the most useful apps, including Calendar, Photos, Maps, and Music. David also shows how to adjust system settings like default programs and volume, work with external devices, and set up networks. The final chapters show you how to keep your computer even more secure with Access Control and Windows Defender, and how to troubleshoot potential issues, like reversing fatal crashes.

Topics include:
  • Using touch screens and gestures
  • Organizing files and folders
  • Managing your inbox with the Mail app
  • Working with photos
  • Managing contacts in the People app
  • Controlling system sounds, volume, and accessibility options
  • Getting connected to other PCs and devices
  • Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
  • Using parental controls to block unwanted content
  • Printing from Windows 8
  • Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
  • Keeping file backups with File History
Subjects:
Business Operating Systems Productivity Home + Small Office
Software:
Windows
Author:
David Rivers

Copying files in a single window

One of the most common tasks people use File Explorer for is to copy or move files around. That's what we're going to do right now, and here in Windows 8.1, it's actually quite easy. In fact, we can do it all from one single window. We don't need to open up separate windows and drag them from one to the other. We're going to experiment with out exercise files folder, so if you have it selected already, great. You can see each of the files in that folder. You could really work with any folder in any files you like, to follow along. Let's say we want to back all of these up.

Store them somewhere else. First thing is, to make sure the home tab's selected here on the ribbon. And we're going to select them all using the Select All button. Now, we could use the click and shift and click down the list of files. We could use Ctrl+A, the keyboard shortcut. Either way, we've got them all selected and ready to do something with them. And when we go to the organize section of the ribbon now you'll see we can move them, or copy them to a location. Let's click Copy To. You'll see some recently used folders, some defaults like documents, music, pictures, and videos library.

Or, you could choose a location which includes an option to create a new folder. Let's go to Choose Location. Now, we can go down the list of folders and choose a separate location. I'm thinking as I scroll down this list going to the top here, opening up my SkyDrive, and I don't see an actual folder that I want to use in SkyDrive, so I'll select SkyDrive and then click Make New Folder. The new folder is going to be called backup. Press Enter to lock it in, and now we're ready to copy to the selected backup folder.

When I click Copy, that's exactly where they go. Alright. So, my backup folder now appears under SkyDrive, and I have a backup of these files, but what happens when we make changes to some of our files? Just click anywhere in an empty space here to deselect our files. And how bout we go to the flowers.jpg image? We'll right-click this, because we want to open it up with a program we want to use. Go down to Open With and that way we can choose something like Paint, for example.

So we'll click Paint Notice it opens up the Paint program, and displays my image. Now we're zoomed way in, it's a fairly large file. So the first thing we're going to do is zoom out. Go up to the View tab, we'll click Zoom Out. That's a better look at our image. And if we wanted to, we could make other adjustments to it. For example, we could rotate it, resize it from here as well. I think that's good, we just changed the size of it to something that's a little more manageable here.

And when we go up to the Save button that appears on the Quick Access tool bar, to save it, we've now got an updated file. So let's close up Paint. And you can see now our date modified has changed to a more recent date, so what happens when we go to back this up again? Let's say we're not sure which files we've worked with in the past, and we're ready to select all of these, this time I'll click the first one, hold down shift and click the last one in my exercise files, and I'm going to do that backup procedure again by using copy 2.

And I want to send this to a backup folder. Oh, it's there, it's a recently used one, as I hover over this. It's on my SkyDrive. Perfect. So I'll select that. And all of a sudden I see a message now. The destination has 6 files with the same names. Do I want to simply replace them all with these? That's one option, but if I have a lot of files, it could take a while. I could skip them. No, I don't want to do that. I know some of them have changed. So, let's go to let me decide. For each file. Now, what you're going to see, are down the left hand side your exercise files.

Down the right hand side, what appears already in the backup folder. And you can compare them if you wanted to, manually. Notice that this one's highlighted, or bolded. It's changed. And if we wanted to, we could go down to the bottom left corner and skip all the five files that have the same date and size. In other words, finding the ones that haven't changed, we can filter them out by clicking this check box and we're down to one. Now all we have to do is select the one that we want to back up. And It's this one that's changed, so we're going to select it.

If we selected both, then we'd have two versions of the same file. A number would be added to one of them. So that's the one we want, we click continue, and it's a much faster backup or copy because it's a single file. The others which hadn't changed, are not backed up at all. They're already there. That's one of the nice features of being able to copy your move files here in file explorer. Obviously, we can still do it the old fashioned way by opening up two different windows, clicking and dragging files over, but we also have the option to avoid all of that, work more efficiently in a single window here in Windows 8.1.

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