Join Dan Gookin for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Windows 10: Organizing Files and Folders.
- I believe in learning by doing so to help you through this course I've created some companion files, an entire folder tree in fact. By installing these files on your PC you'll have the same samples that you see on my screen. And you can follow along with me in the demonstrations. Further you can use these sample files for the various challenges and exercises throughout this course. That way you can check your results with mine and hopefully we both arrive at the same place.
To obtain the sample files look on the exercise file tab on this course's page. You want to download the zip file to your PC. Now if you have a typical PC configuration, the file is saved in the downloads folder as you see here shown on my screen. You may not see all the other files shown here but you will see exercisefiles.zip. That's the file that was just downloaded. You might also see a button on your web browser window and click that button to open the file.
Either way you're going to get at this zip file archive. So open the file and you see the contents of the archive. Click the compressed folders tool extract tab and choose extract all. This is the zip folder extraction wizard. You use it to choose a destination for the files. I want you to choose your documents folder. So click the browse and button and ensure that documents is shown here. Click select folder. So you'll be extracting the files into your accounts documents folder.
Click the extract button. And you see the contents of your documents folder and you might have other items here of course, but you will see the exercise files folder which contains the exercise files for this course. Now these are generic files, a few Microsoft application documents and some other folders and such. Some of these items will be empty, that's okay it's intentional. This is all you need to get started and to ensure that your sample files and exercises look like mine.
Other movies in the course will use these sample files and don't worry about altering anything because you will, that's part of my teaching process. And if you need a clean copy you can always re extract the files from the original archive.
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- Recall which tab to select to see additional details about files and folders.
- Determine the hierarchy of folders.
- Explain how to create a shortcut on your desktop.
- Summarize the steps taken to add files from a folder to the Documents library.
- Recognize the benefits of file compression.
- List three common storage device formats.