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Computer Literacy for Windows
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Understanding your Home (User) folder


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Computer Literacy for Windows

with Garrick Chow

Video: Understanding your Home (User) folder

In a previous movie we looked at the important concept of folders and files, and how this organizational system is used by you and your operating system to manage all the contents of your hard drive. Now it's important to note that many of the files and folders on your computer are not for your use. They are there for the operating system to run properly. In some cases these files and folders are protected by the operating system, so you'll be unable to move, rename, or delete them. But there are files and folders you can move around if you know what you are doing. But you can also potentially damage system if you don't. That's why your personal account on your computer includes a user folder.
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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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Computer Literacy for Windows
3h 33m Beginner Aug 06, 2010

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In Computer Literacy for Windows, author Garrick Chow walks through the skills necessary to use computers comfortably, while improving learning, productivity, and performance. This course focuses on the Microsoft Windows operating system and offers a thorough introduction to computers, networks, and computer peripherals such as printers, digital cameras, and more. In addition, basic procedures with software applications, the Internet, and email are covered. Exercise files accompany the course.

This course also includes chapter-level assessments for use as instructional aides. To download the assessments, click the following link: Computer Literacy Assessments. The file contains an assessment movie, chapter-level assessments, and answer keys.

Topics include:
  • Working with a laptop versus a desktop computer
  • Understanding an operating system
  • Understanding five traits almost all applications share
  • Printing
  • Setting up a scanner
  • Connecting to a wired or wireless network
  • Sending and receiving email
  • Searching the Internet
  • Importing and editing images from a digital camera
  • Sharing documents and images
Subjects:
Business Operating Systems Computer Skills (Windows)
Software:
Windows
Author:
Garrick Chow

Understanding your Home (User) folder

In a previous movie we looked at the important concept of folders and files, and how this organizational system is used by you and your operating system to manage all the contents of your hard drive. Now it's important to note that many of the files and folders on your computer are not for your use. They are there for the operating system to run properly. In some cases these files and folders are protected by the operating system, so you'll be unable to move, rename, or delete them. But there are files and folders you can move around if you know what you are doing. But you can also potentially damage system if you don't. That's why your personal account on your computer includes a user folder.

Let's take a look at how we get to the user folder before we learn what it is. Now there are faster ways to get to some of the folders inside your user folder than one I am about to show you. But I also want you to see exactly where this folder is located so bear with me. Currently I don't have any windows open or any applications running. I am going to click the Start button and here I'll click Computer. This opens a window displaying all the hard drives currently installed on my PC as well as any drive on my network and removable media drives like my DVD drive. In this case I only have my local disk and my DVD drive showing up.

The local disk labeled as the C drive is my main or start up hard drive containing the operating system. I am going to double- click it to open it. And this displays the contents of the C drive. Now most of these folders you see here are for the Windows operating system's use you generally don't want to mess around with them unless you know what you are doing. But what I am interested in here is the Users folder. Let's take a look inside it. In the Users folder you'll find a folder with your name on it or whatever the name of your account is. And you'll also find folders for any other user accounts on this computer.

To view the contents of your user folder just double click it. So your user folder is your folder. It's where you can store all of your documents, music, photos, videos and so on. Now you can store files in other parts of your hard drive outside your user folder but there are very few reasons to do that. It's best to keep all of your personal files here in your user folder so they are all located in one central place. You are also free to create additional folders in your user folder or within any of these default folders that you see here. So if I wanted to say organize my documents a little bit more, I could open up My Documents.

And in here I could create a new folder and I might call this Work files and then store all of my work related files in there. Let me go back to my main user folder. So that's your user folder. Any time you are using an application and you want to save a file for example if you are writing a paper and want to save it you should navigate to your My Documents folder in your user folder, or into a folder you have nested inside the My Documents folder. We'll talk about how to save and open files in the next chapter. But for now I just want you to know where you should be storing your stuff on your PC. I also want to point out that since you'll probably need to access folders like My Documents, My Music and My Pictures frequently, you should be aware that you can easily get to them by clicking the Start button and then from here selecting Documents, Pictures or Music.

So for example if I select the Documents here you can see that opens a window showing me the Documents folder we were just looking at. And here's that Works file folder I created. Okay so that's your user folder in Windows. Again I highly recommend that you store and organize all your personal files and other media in this location.

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