Finding Locate Files and Folders in Windows Explorer Using Windows XP

To open any file, you have to find it first, and files and folders in Windows XP is quite simple, using Windows Explorer. If you know where to look, you can follow a path in Windows XP to the file that you want to open.

  1. Choose Start→All Programs→Accessories→Windows Explorer.

    Double-click the folder or click the plus sign to the left of a folder in the Folders pane along the left side to obtain the file inside the folder.


    The folder’s contents are shown on the right in Explorer. If necessary, open a series of folders in this manner until you locate the file you want.

  2. Double-click the file you want.

    When you find the file that you want, you can open it by double-clicking it.

    If you are still having trouble finding the folder or file you want, consider changing the view to show information such as file size and date last modified. By clicking the Views button and selecting Details, you can see information about the file that may help you identify the specific file that you want.