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Windows Explorer isn't just for navigating your folders and files, there are things you can do with those folders and files and ways to stay organized. That's what we are going to explore right now. If you've got the Exercise Files, we're going to open up that folder. I've got mine on the Desktop. So double-clicking opens it up. Now I am going to move it from the Title Bar, clicking-and-dragging all the way to the left until it resizes itself to the left-side of the screen. Now, to open up another occurrence of Windows Explorer, I am going to go down to the Taskbar, and right-click.
From here, I can choose on the pop-up menu Windows Explorer. This opens up the second occurrence. Now, I can move to the Title Bar and drag that one all the way to the right to resize and position it. Now, you can see I've got two Windows Explorer windows open, which is ideal for copying and moving files around. There are other things we can do as well. Let's say we've got some files we want to move from one of the folders on our hard drive in the Chapter 03 folder. We'll double-click that, double-click 03_02. We got a couple of files that we want to put on an external device, such as a USB Flash Drive.
Well, I've got mine plugged-in, if you've got one, go ahead and plug it in or choose a different location. To find those devices of course, when we go into Windows Explorer here on the right-hand side, and just click anywhere. It's going to be on the computer. So underneath Computer, as long as it's expanded, you'll see that device. Click once to select it, and you'll be viewing the contents on the right-hand side. I've got a single folder. Well, I want to create a new folder that's called Exercise Files that I can copy to. Well, you'll notice that we've got on the Title Bar conveniently located right at the top, a button for creating new folders.
It will create it in the folder you're viewing, in this case, in our external device. So click New Folder. It says New Folder but it's highlighted or selected. You can type right over that. I am going to type in Exercise Files, and when I press Return or Enter on the keyboard, I've got a new folder, simple as that. Double-clicking will open it up and you can see the folder is indeed empty. Now it's time to get a copy of my files. Well, I am going to start with the PowerPoint file called ECPReview.
I am going to click-and-drag it over to the right-hand side, and you'll notice by default because this is a separate location, it's not another folder on my computer. It's an actual device plugged into my computer, the default is to copy to my Exercise Files folder, and that's what I wanted to do. If I hold down Ctrl, when I am moving to a folder within the same computer, I can get copy as well. But I am going to let go, and now I have got a copy in both locations, a backup if you will.
Of course I could do that with multiple files. When you select a file, you can select multiple files by holding down Shift or Ctrl to select more than one file. In this case, I only need to move the other one or copy the other one, so I am going to go back up to the top here, my EatCake Inventory, which is an Excel file, click-and-drag it over as well. When I let go, I have now got those files in my new folder called Exercise Files up here. You can see it in the path on my external device. So copying and moving files around is one great use for Windows Explorer.
Now, I am going to close up one of these, and we are going to maximize our Chapter 03, 03_02 folder here, where we can see the contents. And we're going to talk about copying or moving within the same computer, because it works a little bit different. Let's say I want easy access to this on the Desktop. Well, if I click-and-drag and move over to Desktop, you'll notice before I let go, it says I am about to move it to the Desktop which means it will only exist in one location on my computer, and that will be on the Desktop itself.
If I hold down Ctrl, you can see how it changes to Copy to Desktop. So when I let go, I now have a copy on my Desktop. To see it, I'll click Desktop. There is my Exercise Files, but there is my EatCake Inventory Excel worksheet also on my Desktop. Of course, when I close up Windows Explorer, I am going to see it here on my Desktop as well, which means double- clicking will give me quick and easy access to that file. If I use it on a daily basis for example, this is a great place to have it, not only will it launch Excel for me, but it will open up the file simultaneously.
So Windows Explorer is excellent for navigating the contents of your computer but it's also great for manipulating and working with the files in the various folders on your computer or any device plugged into your computer as well.
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