How to Locate Files and Folders in My Computer Using Windows XP

Using My Computer in Windows Vista can help you locate and open files and folders stored on your hard drive or storage media, such as a CD-ROM. But to open any file, you have to find it first. Accessing files and folders in Windows XP is quite simple, using My Computer. If you know where to look, you can easily follow a path to the file that you want so that you can open it.

  1. Choose Start→My Computer.

    Start is the button located at the lower left-hand corner of your screen.

  2. Double-click an item to open it.

    You can double-click items, such as a floppy drive, CD-ROM drive, or your computer hard drive.


    If the file that you want is stored within a folder, double-click the folder or a series of folders until you locate the file.


  3. Double-click the file you want.

    Double-clicking the file opens it for you.