Windows Explorer In Windows 9X, Me & XP
Much of this does not apply to the new Windows Vista, 7, 8 or 10
It has been totally revamped & does not look at all like the old
Maybe someday I'll look at it & write a page about it.
But no matter
what version you use,
you need to understand the concept of file management
is it? What purpose does it serve? How do I use it?
is the built in program in all versions of Windows since Windows 95.
What it is not is the Internet Explorer. Unfortunately, the term Explorer
has been abused.
purpose does it serve?
is a file management program, used to find, look at and organize your
do I use it?
are many facets to using this program. Lets take them in order of
Opening the Program. This can be accomplished in many ways. Here are
some of them.
Any of these
methods start the program, but may give a different appearance. You
will understand this better after you understand what the program
simplest display in 95/98/Me looks like this:
XP, it looks like this: Quite different. The functions will be the
same. Adjust for appearance. Play.
is what you get when you use the keyboard shortcut Windows logo +
E. Click here for a list of shortcuts
using the Windows logo Key. Notice that My computer is highlighted.
The highlighting selection changes depending on how you start the
does this window display? It follows the standard display of any windows
with a menu area on top, a workspace in the middle and a status bar
on the bottom.
can experiment with the menus and toolbars on your own. We will only
have space here to cover a few.
the workspace in the middle, note that there are 2 frames, left and
right with scroll bars for each area. Most of our work is done in
the left pane. Some call this area the left window, but this is not
2 windows. It is 2 frames in one window. The total window includes
both frames, the menu and status bar.
with many windows, the appearance can be modified. The figure shown
above is the default appearance except that the drives displayed depend
on your computer. As you can see, I have one floppy (A), 2 hard drives
(C, D), A Zip drive (D), 2 CD's (N, O), and a special drive (W). Obviously
since you will be looking at your own computer, you will see the items
on your computer, so don't try to compare them to mine. Just understand
what is being displayed.
modify the appearance, click the View Menu and look at the choices.
This is what you should see:
that two items in the Toolbars menu are checked. Uncheck them one
at a time and see the change in display. Then turn them back on.
notice the status bar is checked. Turn it off and then back on and
notice the difference.
second section lists 4 different ways to display the icons in the
right pane. Try each of them as well.
third section allows rearranging the icons in the right pane similar
to what you can do with desktop icons by right clicking on the desktop.
Right clicking in the right pane also brings up this menu.
Go To menu item allows changing the window to other locations. We
will stay in My Computer for now. If you goof things up, just close
and reopen the window.
the Refresh menu just redraws the screen to include any changes made
that are not displayed due to changes made since starting the Explorer
toolbar (below the menu bar) has icon shortcuts to some of the commonly
used functions from the menu selections.
address bar shows what is being displayed. You can use this just like
your Internet browser if you have an live Internet connection. Here
is my web page displayed in the right window. Note the address of
this site is in the address field.
worked for me because I was on a 24/7 Internet connection on Cable
Modem. I have since moved & now have Rise
Broadband. Then I used the Back button to return to our previous
the next page, we will cover what is displayed in the workspace..
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