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Using the Windows Explorer, Page 4

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On page 1, we learned how to start the program, what it's purpose is and how to display it in different ways.

On page 2, we learned how to select and display items in the workspace.

On page 3, we learned how to create new folders to start organizing our hard drive. Now we will learn more ways to use the program.

You can organize your documents, pictures and other data that you add to the computer. Do not mess with programs. If you do any changes to programs, they may not work. If you want to make changes to programs, it is best to remove and reinstall making the changes in the install. For example, you may have 2 hard drives and want to move a program from the C to the D drive to open space on C. There are programs that do this for you and sometimes Windows will find the change for you, but the safe way is to remove and reinstall.

Programs that are not affected by moving may be rearranged. For example, I keep all my downloads in a new folder I name My Downloads (Original Huh?). I also make a new folder for each download with the name of the program or file. These files and folders can be renamed and moved to different folders at will. The figure below is an example of my XP machine showing the droves and contents of the My Downloads folder on the E drive. As you can see, I have 2 hard drives C and E. The D drive is the CD-RW.

I can rearrange these folders as I choose. I could organize them into categories. I have some categories now, but could add more or move some of these into sub-categories. Another example below is my Utilities category. This is my largest group and as you can see contains many files and sub-folders.

The real advantage of doing this is that I can create a permanent backup quickly on a CD-R. I can also find things quickly when needed for a reinstall. If you understand the process shown here, you will be able to modify it to organize your own files.

Another task that is simplified by using this program is moving or copying files from one place to another. Placing a shortcut to a program in a category is easy. I download a lot of games. After installing the game, I place a shortcut to the game in the Start Menu in a previously created folder named Games.

In Win 9x/Me, the process was fairly easy. In XP, you can get confused easily because there are numerous Start menus that are combined in a complex way. Its probably best to leave this area alone in XP.

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