Using File Explorer, this video explores how files and folders are organized in Windows. You can open File Explorer and see the basics of navigating around in folders.
- [Instructor] Most people store documents, pictures, and other types of files on the hard drive of their computer, like a filing cabinet that you might have in your office. File Explorer is the tool that you use to browse through the files and folders on your computer, and interact with this filing system. I have File Explorer pinned to the Taskbar, so it's really easy to open it up from there. If you do not have File Explorer pinned to the Taskbar, you can go to the Start Menu, scroll through the list of all applications, go to this Windows System folder, and you should be able to find File Explorer from there.
Now, at this point I do think it's a good idea to right-click on it, go to More, and pin it to the Taskbar if it has not already been pinned there. That way, you can access it much easier just by clicking on the icon in the taskbar. All right, so now I've opened up a File Explorer window. On the sidebar on the left, you can select a specific location and then on the right, you can navigate through the contents of that location. I want to start by selecting This PC over on the left side. Before I click on it, I do want to point out that most of the items on the sidebar on the left have a little arrow next to them.
You can click on that to expand to show the contents of that item, and you can click on it again to close it. For now, I just want to click directly on This PC, and I can see the contents of that over on the right side. So from here, I can see a few items. Up at the top, I see shortcuts to popular folders, and then below that, I see the drives on my computer. If you have a CD drive or a secondary hard drive, you'll see a few items listed here. But at the very least, you should see the drive labeled C, you see it has the C and then the colon next to it.
Storage drives are each labeled with an individual letter, and historically, the primary hard drive on your computer has always been the C drive. So I want to open up the C drive and take a look around. So I will double-click on it here, or another way you could do it is to go back to the sidebar on the left, hit this triangle to open up the contents of This PC, and you could just click on the C drive from here. Either way you do it, I want to open up the C drive, and now we can see its contents. Opening the C drive is like opening your computer's main filing cabinet, and here we can see a bunch of folders.
And some of them have pretty cryptic names. We're not going to identify specific folders quite yet. For now, you should see that you can double-click on a folder, and it opens that folder up. And now I can see the contents of this folder. So it's very common to have folders inside of folders, inside of folders and so on. Just like a physical filing cabinet, where you could put folders inside of other folders. As you're navigating through these folders, it's always important to know where you are. That's why you have this path bar up near the top.
I can see that I'm in my C drive, in a folder called Users, and that path view shows exactly which folder you're currently looking at, along with each preceding folder that gets you to that point. And I can click on any folder along this path, and it takes me straight to that location. You can also open up a folder, again just by double-clicking on it, and if you want to take one step back on that path, you can hit the back button up in the top left corner. So let's pause here. For now, you should take a look around, and start getting familiar with opening folders and navigating around in File Explorer.
- Interacting with windows and menus
- Multitasking to switch between multiple applications
- Using Cortana, the digital assistant
- Working with email, contacts, and calendars
- Switching to tablet mode
- Managing files and folders with the File Explorer
- Using and installing apps
- Managing display and account settings
- Sharing data between devices
- Backing up Windows 10
- Protecting your computer from viruses
- Troubleshooting Windows 10
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/24/2018. What changed?
A: The following topics were updated: signing in, shutting down, sleeping, and restarting your computer; using shortcuts to files and folders; and linking a phone to Windows.