File Management in Windows, Using Windows Explorer, Install Software/Hardware

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File Management in Windows

  • File management in windows can be done through Windows explorer or My Computer. Windows Explorer displays the hierarchical list of files, folders, and storage drives (both fixed and removable) on your computer Windows Explorer can be used to copy, move, rename, and search for files and folders.

  • Files or folders deleted from a removable storage media such as network drive are permanently deleted and are not sent to the Recycle Bin.

Using Windows Explorer

  • Click on Start,

  • Point to All Programs,

  • Point to Accessories, and then click on Windows Explorer

Coping or Moving a File or Folder Using My Document

  • Click on Start, and then click on My Documents.

  • Click the file or folder to be copied. More than one file or folder can be copied at a time.

  • To select more than one file or folder, click the first file or folder, press and hold down SHIFT key, and then click the file or folder.

  • To select non-consecutive files or folders, press and hold down CTRL key, and then click each of the files or folders to be copied.

  • Under Edit, select Copy.

  • Select the target drive or folder to which you want to copy the files

  • Under Edit, select Paste to copy the desired file or folder to the target drive.

View File Details

  • Click on Start, and then click on My Documents

  • Double-click the folder that contains the files to be viewed.

  • On the View menu, click Details.

  • It will display all the details about the files such as Name, Type, size etc.

Coping and Moving Files Using Explorer

  • Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Windows Explorer.

  • Make sure the destination for the file or folder you want to move is visible.

  • Drag the file or folder to the destination.

  • If you drag an item while pressing the right mouse button, you can move, copy, or create a shortcut to the file in its new location.

  • To copy the item instead of moving it, press and hold down CTRL while dragging.

  • If you drag an item to another disk, it is copied, not moved. To move the item, press and hold down SHIFT while dragging.

  • Dragging a program to a new location creates a shortcut to that program. To move a program, right-click and then drag the program to the new location. You must be logged on as an administrator to move a program.

Create a New Folder

  • Click on Start, and then click on My Documents

  • Under File, click New and select Folder.

  • A new folder is displayed with the default name, New Folder.

  • Type a name for the new folder, and then press ENTER.

  • A new folder can also be created by right-clicking a blank area in a folder window or on the desktop, pointing to New, and then clicking Folder.

Rename a File or Folder

  • Click on Start, and then click on My Documents

  • Click on the file or folder you want to rename.

  • Under File, click Rename.

  • Type the new name, and then press ENTER key.

File or folder can also be renamed by right-clicking it and then clicking rename.

Delete a File or Folder

  • Click on Start, and then click on My Documents

  • Click on the file or folder you want to delete.

  • Under File, click Delete.

  • Files or folders can also be deleted by right-clicking the file or folder and then clicking Delete.

  • Deleted files or folders are stored in the Recycle Bin, till they are permanently removed from the Recycle Bin.

  • To retrieve a deleted file, double-click the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop. Right-click on the file to retrieved, and then click Restore.

  • To permanently delete a file, press and hold down SHIFT and drag it to the Recycle Bin.

Install Software/Hardware

Windows provides a quick and easy way to install new software. Add or Remove Programs utility in Control Panel help to manage programs and components on the computer system computer.

Install Software

  • Click Start, click Control Panel,

  • Double-click Add or Remove Programs.

  • Click on Add New Programs, and then select the source where the software to be installed is located such as CD or Floppy drive

  • Follow the instructions on your screen to install the software.

Change or Remove Software

Change or Remove Software

Change or Remove Software

Change or Remove Software

  • Click Start, click Control Panel,

  • Double-click Add or Remove Programs.

  • Click on Change or Remove Programs, and then select the program you want to change or remove.

    • To change a program, click on Change button.

    • To remove a program, click on Remove button.

Add New Features from Windows Update

  • Click Start, click Control Panel,

  • Double-click Add or Remove Programs.

  • Click Windows Update.

  • Follow the instructions to locate and install new Windows features or updates

Add or Remove a Windows Component

To be able to use this feature of Windows, the user must log in as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group.

  • Click Start, click Control Panel,

  • Double-click Add or Remove Programs.

  • Follow the instructions in the Windows Components Wizard.

Install Hardware

Windows can help you set up new hardware component such as sound card, video card or network card etc. to your computer.

  • Click Start, click Control Panel,

  • Double-click Add Hardware.

  • Follow the instructions on the screen.

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