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Taking out the trash (recycle bin)

From: Computer Literacy for Windows

Video: Taking out the trash (recycle bin)

During the course of your day-to-day managing of the files and folders on your computer, you're most likely come across items you no longer need. If you really don't need a copy of a file anymore, you should move it your Recycle Bin, represented by the little Recycle Bin icon in the upper left hand corner of your Desktop. Also here in my Desktop I have a file called To Do, which I created in previous movie and I don't really need it anymore. All I have to do to get rid of it is drag it to Recycle Bin. Notice the Recycle Bin's icon has changed to like paper has been thrown in a bin, which is a nice visual indication that there are items in your system trash.

Taking out the trash (recycle bin)

During the course of your day-to-day managing of the files and folders on your computer, you're most likely come across items you no longer need. If you really don't need a copy of a file anymore, you should move it your Recycle Bin, represented by the little Recycle Bin icon in the upper left hand corner of your Desktop. Also here in my Desktop I have a file called To Do, which I created in previous movie and I don't really need it anymore. All I have to do to get rid of it is drag it to Recycle Bin. Notice the Recycle Bin's icon has changed to like paper has been thrown in a bin, which is a nice visual indication that there are items in your system trash.

Now just like with the real trash can, that sits by your feet at your real desk, you can still retrieve files if thrown in the Recycle Bin as long as you haven't emptied it, which we look at in just a moment. To see the contents of the Recycle Bin just double click it. So you can see my To Do list is still sitting safe and sound here in my Recycle Bin. If I change my mind and want to remove it from the Recycle Bin, all I have to do is drag it back to my Desktop. But if you really do want to completely get rid of that file, first drag it to the Recycle Bin, where in this case since the Recycle Bin's window is open, I can drag it into that window, and then here in the Recycle Bin's Window I'll click empty the Recycle Bin.

A message appears asking you to confirm that you do want to permanently delete the items in the trash. Notice the word permanently. This is your last chance to change your mind. If you are sure you want to empty the Recycle Bin, click Yes. Notice the Recycle Bin icon goes back to the appearance of being empty and there is no longer anything in the Recycle Bin's open window. So that To Do list really has been deleted from my computer. Now there are ways to potentially rescue recently deleted files involving special software and other techniques, but we are not going to get in to that here, and there are also other ways to send files to the Recycle Bin and empty it, but now you have the basic knowledge you need to understand how the trash system works on your PC and the how to trash and delete files when you no longer need them.

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Computer Literacy for Windows

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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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