How To Use Windows Explorer

Posted on June 29, 2010. Filed under: How To Use Windows Explorer, Uncategorized | Tags: |

Using Windows Explorer

Type Windows Explorer in the Run box or Right click on My Computer and choose Explore (Vista/XP). Here you can view files, open programs and files, create files, copy and/or move files to other locations, delete or rename files, search for a file, or type of file, change file attributes, and format new disks.

You can create new files by right clicking in the center of Windows Explorer and select New.

Changing the attributes of a file means that you are determining what users can do to that file; such as, Read Only, Hidden, System, Archive, Compression, Indexing, and Encryption.

To do this right click on any file and select properties. You can click Advanced for more options. If you check Read only then the document can not be modified, but only read. If you check Hidden the file will not be visible to users even though it is still there. Under Advanced-make sure Indexing is checked because this speeds up searches for your files. If Archiving is checked then you can back up that file. Compression works best on word processing documents and uncompressed images. GIF and JPEG are already compressed, exe and zip files will not compress much. Use this option to compress documents and images to create more space on your hard disk. Encryption lets you secure files against anyone else’s being able to view them by encoding the files with a key. Encryption and Compression can not be used on the same file.

Further permissions (read, write, execute, delete, ownership, full control, etc.) for files can be created by right clicking on any file. Choosing properties and then the Security tab (if this tab doesn’t appear you need to deselect Simple File Sharing under Folder Options> View> Advanced). You should see the users and groups to which permissions have been assigned. Select one and see the list of permissions. Here you can deny or grant permissions. You can give permissions to groups using standard permissions. You can add new users and groups by clicking Add.


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