User:Erbingha/Windows Explorer

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Use Windows Explorer to browse the contents of your computer and network drives, create folders, and move or copy files. The Explorer lets you see the contents of all your local and network resources as a hierarchy.Loading Explorer You'll typically find the Explorer under Programs in the Start menu. Campus-based Standard Computing Environment users will also find an Explorer icon located in the Novell Application Launcher (NAL) under the CALS Desktop (see example below). . The Explorer Window The Explorer window is divided by a moveable separator bar into two panes, the hierarchical Tree pane on the left and the Contents pane on the right. To resize the panes, point at the separator bar. When mouse pointer changes from a northwest pointing arrow to a double-sided arrow drag the bar to the left or the right. The Tree pane displays all of the objects for the entire system in a hierarchical structure. The Contents pane displays the objects that are contained within the opened object on the Tree pane. The two-pane display lets you browse your system's structure on the Tree pane side, without changing the display in the Contents pane side. You'll soon see how useful this is for completing tasks like copying or moving files. Navigating the Tree pane Objects in the Tree pane are displayed as small named icons. When an object contains more objects at a lower level in the hierarchy, like drives or folders, it is preceded with a plus or a minus sign. To view the next level down in the hierarchy, click on the plus sign to expand the branch. To collapse a branch, click on the minus sign. Viewing an Object's Contents Whenever you want to view the contents of an object, open the object by clicking on its name or icon on the Tree pane. This will display the contents in the Contents pane. You can display the contents in any of four views (Large icons, small icons, list or details) by selecting the desired option from the VIEW menu. Details view provides the most information about the file. The column headings (Name, Size, Type and Modified) are buttons. Click on the headings to reorder the objects in Details view. Moving or Copying Objects Explorer allows you to mark single or multiple objects, and then drag them to a destination folder. Alternatively, you can use the EDIT pull-down menu to Cut or Copy marked files, navigate to the destination, then select Paste to complete the copy or move. To move or copy a single object: Make sure the source object is visible in the Contents pane and the destination is visible in the Tree pane. Point to the source object and hold down the right mouse button while you drag it to the destination. When the destination is highlighted, release the mouse button and choose either Move or Copy from the shortcut menu. To move or copy multiple objects: Make sure both the source and destination are visible. Then do the following: To select a continuous list of objects , point to the first item in the list and click the left mouse button to select it. Next point to the last item in the list, hold down the key, and click again. To select a non-continuous list of objects, point to the first item and select it by clicking on it. To select additional objects, hold down the key while clicking on each object. Press the key while clicking on a selected object to remove the selection. You may use these selection methods in combination. For example if you want to select all but one file in a continuous list, first select the entire list, then hold down the key and click on the object you don't want selected. After all of the objects are selected, hold down the right mouse button while you drag them to the destination. When the destination is highlighted, release the mouse button and choose either Move or Copy from the shortcut menu. Creating new folders Sometimes you need to create a new folder to serve as the destination for a move or copy operation. Select the folder in which you want to place the new folder by clicking on its name on the Tree pane. Then choose FILE, then New, then Folder. Windows will name your folder "New Folder" and will be waiting for you to rename it. Type in a new name and press . Deleting an object Select the object(s) and press the key on your keyboard. Renaming an object Select the object, right-click and choose Rename from the shortcut menu. Undoing an operation The EDIT menu contains an Undo feature that will let you undo the last copy, move, delete or rename operation. If you've done a series of operations on one file, you may be able to undo more than one operation. Don't trust it too completely.