How to work with files and folders

How to work with files and folders in Windows

What happened to My Computer and the libraries?

File Explorer (previously called Windows Explorer) helps you work with files and folders on your PC and network.  Now with widows 8.1 the area you were very familar with “My Computer” is now called “This PC”. Why because Microsoft can that’s why. personally I think this is just plain stupid and they should have left well enough alone.  Microsoft even adding in search rules so that when you search for “My Computer” it will redirect you to “This PC”.

Even though Microsoft named “My Computer” to “This PC” windwos explorer still acts and functions the same as it did in Windows 8. You can still use the Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos folders to save your files. You just browse to these folders differently in File Explorer. To browse the locations on your PC, including the folders that used to appear under “Libraries,” expand “This PC” in the left pane.

Learn about the different parts of the File Explorer window

Here’s a typical window with its parts:

Windows Explorer

1. Left pane Use the left pane to get to all kinds of locations: your OneDrive, folders on your PC, devices and drives connected to your PC, and other PCs on your network. Tap or click a location to view its contents in the file list, or tap or click an arrow to expand a location in the left pane.
2. Back, Forward, and Up buttons Use the Back button to go back to the last location or search results you were viewing, and the Forward button to return to the next location or search results. Use the Up button to open the location where the folder you’re viewing is saved.
3. Ribbon Use the ribbon for common tasks, such as copying and moving, creating new folders, emailing and zipping items, and changing the view. The tabs change to show extra tasks that apply to the selected item. For example, if you select This PC in the left pane, the ribbon shows different tabs than it would if you select your Pictures folder. If you don’t see the ribbon, tap or click the Expand the Ribbon button in the upper right or press Ctrl+F1.
4. Address bar Use the address bar to enter or select a location. Tap or click a part of the path to go to that level, or tap or click at the end of the path to select the path for copying.
5. File list This is where the contents of the current folder are displayed. It’s also where your search results appear when you enter a search term in the search box.
6. Column headings In Details view, you can use the column headings to change how the files in the file list are organized. For example, you can tap or click the Date modified heading to sort by date (with the files you worked on most recently at the top). If you tap or click the column heading again, the files are sorted with the oldest ones at the top. Press and hold or right-click a column heading to select other columns to add. To learn how to switch to Details view, see the next section, “Change the view.”
7. Search box Enter a word or phrase in the search box to look for an item in the current folder. The search begins as soon as you begin typing—so if you enter “B,” for example, all the files with names starting with the letter B will appear in the file list.
8. Status bar Use the status bar to quickly see the total number of items in a location, or the number of selected items and their total size.
9. Details/Preview pane

Use the details pane to see the most common properties associated with the selected file. File properties provide more detailed info about a file, such as the author, the date you last changed the file, and any descriptive tags you might have added to the file. If you don’t see the details pane, tap or click the View tab, and then tap or click Details pane.

Use the preview pane to see the contents of a file, such as an Office document, without opening it in an app. If you don’t see the preview pane, tap or click the View tab, and then tap or click Preview pane.

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