Part IV   Working with Folders and Files


Using the Tutorial
Once you have read (or printed) the instructions on this page, either:
  1. minimize your browser using the minimize button in the upper right corner [-]; it will still be active and connected, or
  2. close Netscape, disconnect your modem (to save billing time $$$!), and reopen it for the next lesson. Instructions:
    1. You will need a floppy disk for this part of the tutorial. See Formatting a Floppy Disk if you need help formatting.
    2. Warning: Because you will be changing and deleting folders and files, it is best to create a "Practice" folder and a "Practice" file (or use fileX from the previous lesson) to work with so that you don't destroy any necessary folders or files on your computer.
    3. Read pages 74-75 (from lab book) for an overview on using folders.
    4. Work through Tasks 27-39 (lab book) while on a Windows 95 computer. Also, make sure to read through the Supplements found on this web page! You will need to master the tasks in order to pass the performance assessment.

        Note: Task 27 - If you do not have a Dos folder, just select any other folder.

        Supplement for Tasks 29 & 37 - You can copy a group of folders (or files) in a row by using the Shift key. Select the first file to be copied, hold down the Shift key, select the last file in the row to be copied and this should highlight the entire selection. You can now use the Copy command in the Edit menu or just drag the highlighted section of folders to your destination. You can also use this technique for deleting and moving folders (or files).

        You can also use the keystroke shortcuts for copying and pasting:
              Ctrl + C to copy something that has been highlighted or selected
              Ctrl + V to paste

        Supplement for Tasks 30 & 37 - The keystrokes Ctrl + X can also be used to "cut" a folder (or file). The folder (or file) can then be pasted (moved) somewhere else by using Ctrl + V.

        ` Supplement for Tasks 32 & 38 - There are three additional methods of deletion:

        1. Select the folder (or file) you want to delete and then use the Delete key on the keyboard
        2. Right click on the folder (or file) you want to delete and select Delete from the shortcut menu
        3. Click and drag the folder (or file) to the Recycle Bin

          Important Note: When you delete a folder, the contents of the folder go to the Recycle Bin. You will NOT see the folder, but will see each item that was in the folder.

          Important Note: When you delete files from the A: drive, they are immediately deleted and cannot be recovered. They do NOT go to the Recycle Bin.

        Supplement for Task 35 - Take a minute to hold your mouse pointer over each of the buttons. You will see a ToolTip appear that describes the function of the button. You click on the buttons to make them work.

        Most (perhaps all!) applications include their own toolbar(s) with each button representing a different function.

        Supplement for Tasks 29, 30, 32, 37 & 38 - Note that files cannot be copied, moved or deleted when they are open.

    5. For additional information about Windows 95 File Management features, visit the following web pages:
      George and Mikes Guide to Windows 95 - File Management Using My Computer
      George and Mikes Guide to Windows 95 - File Management Using Windows Explorer
      File Management Using Windows Explorer by Russell Smith

Self-Assessment Checklist:
Use the following checklist to prepare for the performance assessment. You may use either My Computer or Windows Explorer to accomplish these tasks. We recommend that you learn to perform the tasks in both file management windows. Feel free to print this out for your reference.

  • Open a folder (and then a file) from either (or both!) My Computer or Windows Explorer (Task 27 & 39)
  • Create a new folder (Task 28)
  • Copy a folder (and a file) to a floppy disk (Task 29 & 39)
  • Use the Ctrl (control) and Shift keys to copy more than one folder or file at a time (Task 29 and supplement,30,32)
  • Move a folder (or a file) to another place on your hard drive (Task 30 & 37)
  • Rename a folder (or a file) (Task 31 &34)
  • Delete a folder (or a file) (Task 32, 34 & 38)
  • Find the Windows folder using the Find feature (Task 33)
  • Find all files that contain the word "help" (Task 33)
  • Use a shortcut menu to:
    • Delete a file or folder (Task 34)
    • Create a shortcut for a folder or file (Task 34)
    • "Send" a file or folder to a floppy (Task 34)
    • Empty the Recycle Bin (Task 38)
  • View the toolbar(s) in a particular screen (Task 35)
  • Arrange (sort) icons in hard drive window by date (Task 36)
  • Use the "Click and Drag" function to copy or move a folder (or a file) (Task 39)

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