Managing Documents

Employ Windows Explorer

What is Windows Explorer?
Windows Explorer is the program on your computer used to organize folders and files. Think of it as your computerís filing cabinet.

On the Taskbar, place the cursor on the "Start" button.
Click the right mouse button.



When the menu appears, click Explore (with the left mouse button).



Windows Explorer should appear:



Make sure the "Folder" icon is clicked.
You can go directly to your "My Documents" folder in Windows Explorer by clicking the "Start" button, then "My Documents".
If Windows Explorer does not take up the entire screen, click its "maximize" button.



In the left pane, double-click the "My Documents" folder.



You should see a list of the folders within the "My Documents" folder:




In the right pane, you should see the contents of the "My Documents" folder:



If the files and folders look different than above, click View on the Menu Bar.



When the menu appears, click List.



Select a file

In the right pane, click the file Note to Mom.
It should now be highlighted:



Double-click the file to open it.
3. When the Note to Mom window appears, click its "X" button to close the file.



Copy a file

Right-click the file Note to Mom.
When the menu appears, click Copy (with the left mouse button).



Right-click in the white space below Note to Mom.



When the menu appears, click Paste.



Copy of Note to Mom should appear:



Right-click the file Copy of Note to Mom.
When the menu appears, click Copy.



Right-click in the white space below Copy of Note to Mom.
When the menu appears, click Paste.



Copy of Copy of Note to Mom should appear at the bottom of the list:



Select multiple files

Select all On the Menu Bar, click Edit, then Select All.



In the right pane, all the folders and files should be selected (highlighted):



All these files can now be moved, copied, deleted, etc. at the same time.
SHIFT-click Click on the white area, in the right pane.
Now, Click (left mouse click) Note to Mom to select it.



Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard.
While holding down the SHIFT key, click Copy of Copy of Note to Mom.
All three files should be selected.



Click in white space to deselect the files.
Select non-consecutive files

Click Copy of Copy of Note to Mom.



Press and hold down the CTRL key on the keyboard.



While holding down the CTRL key, click Note to Mom.
The two files should be selected:



Create a folder





Press the DELETE key on the keyboard.
The second paragraph should disappear:



Delete does the same thing as Cut, except: When you Cut something, you can Paste it later. When you Delete something, you canít paste it.
Click "X" button to close the document "Note to Mom" and WordPad.
The Desktop should now be blank.