Monitor

Organizing Files

 

Links

Your home page

Practical Windows home
   How Computers Work
   Desktop layout choices
   Organizing files
   Notepad
   Wordpad
   Paint
   Multi-tasking with Windows

There are three separate video sessions to this lesson.

The video below describes how to locate and name files and directories:

 

Note: I strongly suggest you view all our videos in full screen mode: click the icon in the lower right corner of the video area (it shows four arrows pointing to the corners of the screen). When you are done, the Esc ("escape") key returns you to regular mode.

 


Lesson 3: Organizing Files
part 1: Files and Directories

Click here for the video transcript, FilesAndDirectories-part1.pdf

 

The video below demonstrates how to set defaults for Windows Explorer, and how to build a directory structure:
  • Control Panel
    • File Explorer Options
    • Default Programs
  • Creating a directory
  • Creating a sub-directory
  • Renaming a directory

 


Lesson 3: Organizing Files
part 2: Creating Directory Structures

Click here for the video transcript, FilesAndDirectories-part2.pdf

 

Hands on exercise

For those who want to practice using what we cover in this video, check and correct your settings for File Explorer:

First, Go to Control Panel -> File Explorer Options

and make sure the settings match those in the video transcipt.

Next, Go to Control Panel -> Default Programs -> "Associate a file type or protocol with a program"

and make sure the settings match those in the video transcipt.

Important:

I have just found out that in some versions of Windows 10 you can't always set the default applications to the built-in apps of Notepad, WordPad, or Paint using Control Panel and settings.

In this case, you will have to use another strategy:

when you go to open a file, instead of double-clicking, right click and choose "Open with"

this will give you a dialog for you to "Choose another app", and this dialog will include a list of apps to choose from, including the apps we're interested in

select that app and there will also be a check box labeled:

    Always use this app to open extension files;

once you check that box, then that will tie the app and the extension for all future needs.

From then on, double-clicking files with that extension will launch the app you want.

 

This video discusses several ways to get files into directories:
  • Copy and paste, cut and paste
  • Personally create using applications
  • Websites: save page as
  • Websites: save image as
  • Websites: download

 


Lesson 3: Organizing Files
part 3: Getting Files

Click here for the video transcript, FilesAndDirectories-part3.pdf

 

Windows skills review

Having finished the first three lessons in this course, you should now feel comfortable in being able to ...

 

Email us if you would like additional information. We would love to see your comments and recommendations for our site.