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Navigating folders and their contents


Windows 7 Essential Training

with David Rivers

Video: Navigating folders and their contents

If you think of your computer as a huge file cabinet with many drawers and in those drawers you might find programs and in other drawers you might find folders with sub-folders containing files, we need in Windows 7, some kind of program to manage those files, a file management system known as Windows Explorer. We are going to get a brief overview of Windows Explorer in this lesson, because there have been a few subtle changes made to Windows Explorer in Windows 7 that differ from Windows Vista, for example.
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  1. 16m 28s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Windows basics for first-time users
      13m 47s
    3. Using the exercise files
  2. 29m 18s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 7 versions
      6m 57s
    2. Upgrading from other Windows versions
      2m 56s
    3. Transferring old files with Windows Easy Transfer
      7m 2s
    4. Dealing with device drivers
      6m 42s
    5. Running a Windows XP program in Windows 7
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 12s
    1. Getting familiar with the desktop
      8m 55s
    2. Handling tasks with the improved task bar
      8m 50s
    3. Accessing your favorites quickly with jump lists
      3m 59s
    4. Finding files and programs with Windows Search
      2m 18s
    5. Using the Action Center
      3m 48s
    6. Keeping information at your fingertips with desktop gadgets
      5m 22s
  4. 34m 24s
    1. Navigating folders and their contents
      6m 59s
    2. Staying organized with your own folders
      4m 44s
    3. Choosing how your folders and user interface behave
      7m 30s
    4. Sharing and protecting folders and files
      5m 27s
    5. Simplifying organization with libraries
      3m 48s
    6. Backing up by burning to CD or DVD
      5m 56s
  5. 24m 44s
    1. Windows Media Center
      7m 22s
    2. Playing media files with Windows Media Player
      3m 59s
    3. Organizing and sharing photos in Windows Explorer
      7m 22s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      6m 1s
  6. 24m 35s
    1. Taking notes with sticky notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      11m 33s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      4m 58s
    3. Performing simple and advanced calculations with the calculator
      5m 20s
    4. Playing Windows games
      2m 44s
  7. 33m 5s
    1. Getting under your computer's hood with the Control Panel
      5m 28s
    2. Controlling system settings
      6m 38s
    3. Controlling sound device volume settings
      6m 38s
    4. Uninstalling programs that are no longer used
      2m 42s
    5. Setting default programs
      5m 10s
    6. Exploring accessibility options
      6m 29s
  8. 21m 1s
    1. Connecting hardware with Device Stage
      2m 56s
    2. Create a home network using HomeGroup
      4m 49s
    3. Controlling what is shared on a network
      3m 26s
    4. Troubleshooting a network and HomeGroup
      3m 58s
    5. Reconnecting quickly with jump lists
      2m 18s
    6. Boosting your computer's memory with ReadyBoost
      3m 34s
  9. 31m 53s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      3m 44s
    2. Battling spyware with Windows Defender
      7m 41s
    3. Controlling access with user accounts
      4m 32s
    4. Streamlining passwords in Credential Manager
      4m 38s
    5. Using parental controls to block unwanted content
      4m 49s
    6. Securing drives with BitLocker Drive Encryption
      6m 29s
  10. 15m 11s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      2m 48s
    2. Troubleshooting printer problems
      5m 15s
    3. Printing power tips
      3m 56s
    4. Printing to and viewing the XPS file format
      3m 12s
  11. 25m 4s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      3m 53s
    2. Sharing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      3m 56s
    3. Backing up folders and drives
      6m 36s
    4. Restoring files and drives
      4m 39s
    5. Handling an entire system crash
      6m 0s
  12. 28m 23s
    1. Exploring changes to the UI
      4m 46s
    2. Access sites quickly using Favorites and History
      5m 17s
    3. Connecting to RSS feeds and web slices
      6m 1s
    4. Displaying similar sites with Suggested Sites
      2m 16s
    5. Browsing without navigating using accelerators
      6m 36s
    6. Keeping your browsing private using InPrivate Browsing and filtering
      3m 27s
  13. 1h 14m
    1. Setting up your Windows Live profile
      4m 37s
    2. Downloading Windows Live Essentials
      2m 23s
    3. Tracking dates and events with the Windows Live calendar
      7m 22s
    4. Free email with Windows Live Mail
      6m 14s
    5. Texting live with Windows Live Messenger
      7m 13s
    6. Organizing and sharing photos in Photo Gallery
      9m 46s
    7. Synchronizing photos on two computers with Live Sync
      4m 0s
    8. Controlling content and communications with Family Safety
      6m 26s
    9. Keeping a blog with Windows Live Writer
      6m 50s
    10. Accessing free online storage with SkyDrive
      4m 44s
    11. Creating a movie with Windows Live Movie Maker
      14m 46s
  14. 18s
    1. Goodbye

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In Windows 7 Essential Training, David Rivers helps users of any level feel comfortable with the improvements and enhancements found in Microsoft's operating system. From simple navigation through the updated graphic user interface, David shows how to install or upgrade and get the most out of Windows 7. He covers using the new Internet Explorer 8 and boosting a computer's memory with the ReadyBoost tool. He also highlights hardware configuration options and explores the advances made connecting a home or work system with Windows Live, the cloud-computing environment made available for Windows 7 users. Exercise files accompany this course.

Topics include:
  • Running Windows XP programs within a Windows 7 installation Accessing favorites quickly through jump lists Establishing user settings through Windows Explorer Setting up a home network with Homegroup Displaying similar sites with suggestions in Internet Explorer 8 Syncing photos on two computers with Live Sync
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David Rivers

Navigating folders and their contents

If you think of your computer as a huge file cabinet with many drawers and in those drawers you might find programs and in other drawers you might find folders with sub-folders containing files, we need in Windows 7, some kind of program to manage those files, a file management system known as Windows Explorer. We are going to get a brief overview of Windows Explorer in this lesson, because there have been a few subtle changes made to Windows Explorer in Windows 7 that differ from Windows Vista, for example.

We can access Windows Explorer from a number of different locations. If you've got a shortcut to your Exercise Files for example, it appears as a Folder Icon. Double-clicking this will open it up in a Windows Explorer Window. Let's close that up. By default you've also got a shortcut to Windows Explorer on the taskbar. Clicking once will launch Windows Explorer, but it will display a different location by default. In this case, you can see Libraries. Let's close this up one more time, and access Windows Explorer from the Windows Orb.

Here we'll go to the right-hand side and select Documents, for example. This will display a different location, but no matter how you access Windows Explorer, you can always navigate around to the various folders and areas of your computer. We'll start at the very top. Here is where you're going to see the path. For example, if you selected documents from the Windows Orb, you'll see Libraries and Documents. On the right-hand side, you now have a re-sizable search field. In other words, if you want to make this field bigger, move in between it and the actual field showing the path, you'll see a double-arrow.

Now, click-and-drag to the left to increase the size of your Search field. Now, it's just a matter of clicking inside, and searching for whatever it is you want to look for. For example, if we type in the word Hockey again, like we did in a previous lesson, and press Return, we're going to be searching in this case, the Documents Library and you can see no items match our search. However, if we go to the Desktop and select that one, so if you've got the Exercise Files, you've probably stored the Exercise Files folder, to get inside a folder we just double-click and now if we go up to the Search field and select Hockey because we've already typed it in once, you can see what happens.

We've got a couple of files containing the word 'Hockey' and they happen to be Excel files. Notice that down below, we can search again in Libraries. The entire computer gives us access to every single file and folder on our computer. We can also search the Internet from here. Well let's go back to the left- hand side and examine what's known as the Navigation Pane. You'll notice little arrows, which allow us to expand or collapse the various sections. If we don't care about Favorites, we can collapse that by clicking, and we might want to collapse our libraries as well, and down under Computer, expand our Local Disk, drive C.

Under Users for example, we'll find ourselves in here. If it's your own computer you'll find your own User account as well as any other accounts and a Public account. To go inside my own, I'd click that arrow. You can see I am expanding all the way down and I could access My Documents from here. Of course that's a long way to do. Let's go back to the Exercise Files now, and experiment a little bit. So in this case, we're going to go back up to Favorites and click Desktop. To open up the folder Exercise Files, we can double-click, and we will go to the Chapter 03 folder and double-click it as well.

Now, we'll double-click 03_01. These are all sub-folders within folders and now we actually see the files inside a folder. And they're different types of files, and how these files are displayed is up to you. Yours may not look like mine. I've got the Name showing up, the Date modified, the Type of file it is, the Size, these are details that are being displayed in the Window. If we go up to this little toolbar that we see across the top, we've got buttons for organizing, including them in Libraries. There is a whole lesson devoted to working with Libraries coming up shortly.

We can share our files, we can burn them, even create our own folders. We will be doing that in another lesson as well. But over here on the right-hand side, we've got a button to change our view. This little dropdown allows us to view the different options in a slider format. You can see mine is next to Details. I can click these or move the slider. For example, if I just want to see a list, I can move that up. I no longer see the details, just the list of my different files. So if I got lot of files, I may not want to clutter up the screen with details, I just want to see the files.

If you want to have an idea of what's inside the files, you might choose a different option such as an Icon. Now the smaller icons don't give you much of a hint. As you move up to Medium, Large and Extra Large icons, you can start to see the content inside some of these files. Now, another option is to use the Preview Pane. It's not showing by default, so if yours is showing, it was probably turned on at some point. But click the Preview Pane to view that on the right-hand side and now when you click once to simply select the file, like a Word document, you will be able to see the first page of that document.

Now, it may not look exactly the way it's going to look when you open it up, but it gives you a good idea of what's inside. If we go to the other one, which is an XPS file where you can see, it's straight text. To close up the Preview Pane, click the exact same button that you used to open it up. I am going to go back to my Options and choose Details. I always like to see the Date modified, the Type, and, because I've got these displayed this way, I can also change the order that they appear. You'll notice above Name, there is this tiny little arrow indicating that these are sorted in alphabetical order.

That's why Annual Report shows up before HumbugStory. But if I'd rather see them sorted by the date they were modified, I can click that button. Click it again to reverse the order. Same thing goes for Type and Size. Now, when an item is selected, let's go to the Annual Report, you are also going to see some information down below about that file. And across the top, the toolbar is ever changing. It's dynamic. You'll notice the Open button displays a Microsoft Word icon.

So clicking the Open button will launch Microsoft Word, in this case, the default program, and display my Annual Report. If I click the dropdown, I could choose a different program or choose a different default program. We'll be doing that later on as well. So with Windows Explorer, you can navigate your entire computer, go to your Favorites. We'll also be talking about Libraries in an upcoming lesson, and choose the way you're going to display them and whether or not you want to preview their contents.

Let's close up Windows Explorer before we move onto the next lesson.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Windows 7 Essential Training .

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Q: Is there a way to share files and printers between computers on network running Windows XP and Windows 7 without using the HomeGroup share method of Windows 7, since XP does not have this feature?
A: While Windows XP does not support the new HomeGroup found in Windows 7, there is another way to share files and printers between the two operating systems.  There are a number of steps to follow, but they are all listed here:
Q: Is it possible for a computer running Windows XP to join a Windows 7 HomeGroup?
A: Unfortunately, only Windows 7 supports HomeGroup.  If the Windows XP computer must connect with the Windows 7 computer, there are have two options:

1.  Upgrade the XP machine to Windows 7 and joining will be no problem.
2.  Change the Windows 7 HomeGroup to a regular Workgroup and the XP machine will be able to connect to it.  

Here are the steps to changing a HomeGroup to a Workgroup:
  1. On the Windows 7 computer, click the Start button at the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Go to the Control Panel and choose Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Click the link for "View your active networks.” 
  4. In the next window choose "Work network." That will switch the group from a HomeGroup to a Workgroup so the two computers can talk to each other. However, the same workgroup name and share folders in Explorer must be assigned to both computers before they can be networked.
For ease of use, if there is already an existing HomeGroup on the Windows 7 computer, upgrading the XP machine to Windows 7 would be the recommended course of action. There is a course in the Online Training Library, Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, that explains the steps for transitioning to Windows 7.
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