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Windows XP & Vista Files & Folders

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How to Move or Copy Files to Another Folder

Moving files and copying files to another folder are straightforward operations. When moving a file, you delete it from its original location. When you copy a file, you duplicate it in another location [more…]

How to Cut, Copy, and Paste in Windows XP

You can cut, copy, and paste in Windows XP to move items or copies of items to other locations within a file, or to a different file or application. Using the cut, copy, and paste features allows you to [more…]

How to Edit a Picture in Paint Using Windows Vista

Although the Windows Vista version of Paint is usually used to create simple drawings, you can also use it to edit picture files. In Paint, you can crop your pictures, edit their colors, draw objects on [more…]

How to Use Windows Briefcase to Move and Synchronize Your Desktop and Laptop Files

Windows Briefcase automatically synchronizes multiple copies of files. If you use a desktop computer at the office but work from home on a laptop, you can synchronize the files between your laptop and [more…]

How to Empty the Recycle Bin in Windows Vista

You can empty your entire Recycle Bin on your Windows Vista desktop at any time. Deleting items forever from your Recycle Bin frees up hard drive space, and Windows Vista helps you out by deleting older [more…]

How to Encrypt Your Files or Folders

To ensure the security of your files and folders, you can encrypt them. Encrypting a file or folder scrambles its content so that others cannot read it. You can encrypt your files or folders only if your [more…]

Create a Folder in Windows Vista

You can create as many folders in Windows Vista as you want. Create new folders in Windows Vista to organize your files, or you can also create a folder just to keep certain files separate from others. [more…]

How to Send a Document as a Fax in Windows XP

Sending a document as a fax is a speedy and paperless alternative to traditional faxing — printing out your document and faxing it with a fax machine. Faxing a document, complete with a cover page, is [more…]

How to Move a File or Folder in Windows XP

You can move your files and folders in Windows XP. Moving a file or an entire folder (including its contents) allows you to organize your files better or create a more logical structure of files to navigate [more…]

How to Move a File or Folder in Windows Vista

You can move a file or folder in Windows Vista to another location. Moving a file or an entire folder (including its contents) allows you to organize your files or create a more logical structure of folders [more…]

How to Open Recently Used Items in Windows Vista

You can quickly open recently used items in Windows Vista, and you can access all of your recently used items in one place — regardless of the application you used to create them. Finding your recently [more…]

How to Insert a Hyperlink into a File Using Windows XP

Inserting a hyperlink into a file allows others to double-click the link and automatically check out a Web site, document, or other information. Inserting a hyperlink into a file saves you time because [more…]

How to Empty the Recycle Bin in Windows XP

You can empty your entire Recycle Bin on your Windows XP desktop at any time. Deleting items forever from your Recycle Bin frees up hard drive space, and Windows XP helps you out by deleting older items [more…]

How to Open Recently Used Items in Windows XP

You can quickly open recently used items in Windows XP, and you can access all of your recently used items in one place — regardless of the application you used to create them. Finding your recently used [more…]

Select Multiple Files or Folders in Windows Explorer

As you work in Windows Explorer, often, you’ll want to select multiple files or folders at the same time. You can select multiple files or folders at random, or you can select multiple contiguous files [more…]

How to Copy a File to a Removable Media

It’s easy to copy a file to a removable media. The removable media can be a CD, DVD, or flash drive, for example. Follow these steps to copy a file to a removable media: [more…]

Cut, Copy, and Paste Selected Files and Folders

Cutting, copying, and pasting are basic file-management commands. You can cut, copy, and paste files and folders (and other things) in Windows Vista. Follow these steps to do so: [more…]

How to Save Files in Windows XP

Saving your files keeps you from losing your work in the event of a crash or power failure, and lets you name your files so that you can easily find it again. You can also save the file in a format that [more…]

Locate a Missing File in Windows Vista

Vista gives you tools with which you can locate a missing file or folder. When you open a folder — or even look at your desktop — you expect to see everything it contains. But when something’s missing [more…]

How to Undelete a File

You can undelete a file if you accidentally deleted it or if you need to otherwise retrieve it. You undelete a file by removing it from the Recycle Bin, which puts it back it in its original location. [more…]

How to Search for a File in Windows XP

Use the Search function in Windows XP to search for and find a lost file — you can search for a file even if you don't remember its entire name. Windows XP makes it easy to search for a file, which is [more…]

How to Open Files in Windows XP

Opening a file is a must if you want to get any work done, and opening a file in any application in Windows XP is a cinch. If you figure out how to open files in one application in Windows XP, you can [more…]

How to Insert Objects into a Windows XP File

You can insert objects, such as graphics or information from other applications, into other files in Windows XP. You might want to insert photos or graphics into presentations, newsletters, or simply to [more…]

How to Rename Files or Folders

You can rename any file or folder on your PC. You can rename a file or folder to make it more descriptive, or to give it a name that’s easier for you to find. [more…]

How to Rename a File or Folder in Windows Vista

You may need to rename a file or folder in Windows Vista to better represent the contents of that file or folder. Or you may want to add a date, your initials, or some other kind of identifier to the file [more…]

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