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Microsoft Windows XP Tutorial 2 Working with Files Formatting a Disk Before you can save files to a disk, the disk must be formatted To format a disk, log onto Windows and insert a blank disk in drive A Double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop

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microsoft windows xp

Microsoft Windows XP

Tutorial 2

Working with Files

New Perspectives on Microsoft Windows XP Tutorial 2

formatting a disk
Formatting a Disk
  • Before you can save files to a disk, the disk must be formatted
  • To format a disk, log onto Windows and insert a blank disk in drive A
  • Double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop
  • Right-click the 3½ Floppy (A:) icon to open its shortcut menu, and then click Format

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Formatting a Disk
  • Make sure your dialog box settings match those in the figure
  • Click the Start button to begin formatting the disk
  • When the formatting is completed, a Format Complete message box appears. Click the OK button
  • Click the Close button to close the dialog box, and then close the My Computer window

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working with text
Working with Text
  • In WordPad, the document window is the white area below the menu bar, toolbars, and ruler
  • The insertion point indicates where characters you type will appear
  • The word wrap feature automatically continues your text on the next line
  • The Backspace key deletes the character immediately to the left of the insertion point
  • The Delete key deletes the character immediately to the right of the insertion point

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the insertion point versus the pointer
The Insertion Point Versus the Pointer

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selecting text
Selecting Text
  • Many text-editing operations are performed on a block of text, which is one or more consecutive characters, words, sentences, or paragraphs

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saving a file
Saving a File
  • As you type text, it is held temporarily in the computer’s memory and is erased when you turn off or restart the computer
  • For permanent storage, you need to save your work on a disk
  • When you save a file, you must first give it a filename
  • Most filenames have an extension, which is used by the operating system to identify and categorize files by their file types

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Saving a File

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opening a file
Opening a File
  • You can use one of several methods to open a file
    • Select the file from the My Recent Documents list on the Start menu
    • Locate and open a file using the My Computer window (Windows Explorer)
    • Use the Open command on the File menu from within an application to locate and open the file

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selecting the file using the open dialog box
Selecting the File using the Open Dialog Box

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printing a document
Printing a Document
  • Before you send a document to the printer, you should always preview it using Print Preview by clicking the Print Preview button on the toolbar
  • To send your document to the printer, Click File on the menu bar, and then click Print
  • Verify the settings in the print dialog box and click the Print button to print your document

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the print dialog box
The Print Dialog Box

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using my computer
Using My Computer
  • The My Computer icon on the desktop represents your computer, its storage devices, printers, and other objects

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elements of the my computer window
Elements of the My Computer Window

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changing the appearance of the my computer window
Changing the Appearance of the My Computer Window
  • You can display the same toolbars that can appear on the Windows XP taskbar, such as the Address toolbar or the Links toolbar in the My Computer window using the Toolbars submenu in the View menu

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viewing styles
Viewing Styles
  • Windows XP provides five ways to view the contents of a disk—Thumbnails, Tiles, Icons, List, and Details

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typical icons in windows xp
Typical Icons in Windows XP

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restoring the my computer default settings
Restoring the My Computer Default Settings
  • Windows XP provides other options for working with your files and windows
    • Classic style lets you interact with windows and files using techniques from earlier versions of Windows
    • Web style lets you work with windows and files in the same way you work with Web pages

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my computer window in web style
My Computer Window in Web Style

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working with folders and directories
Working with Folders and Directories
  • Any location where you can store files on a computer is called a directory
  • The main directory of a disk is sometimes called the root directory, or the top-level directory
  • You can divide a directory into subdirectories, also called folders
  • A folder within a folder is called a subfolder. The folder that contains another folder is called the parent folder
  • Windows XP arranges all of these objects in a hierarchy

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partial hierarchy of windows xp objects
Partial Hierarchy of Windows XP Objects

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creating a folder
Creating a Folder
  • Click File on the menu bar, and then point to New to display the submenu
  • Click Folder
  • Type the name of the folder
  • Press the Enter key
  • Click a blank area next to the new folder to deselect it

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navigating through the windows xp hierarchy
Navigating Through the Windows XP Hierarchy

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working with files
Working with Files
  • Moving a file removes it from its current location and places it in a new location you specify
  • Copying leaves the file in its current location and places a copy in the new location
  • Windows XP provides several techniques for moving and copying files

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Working with Files

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renaming a file
Renaming a File
  • Right-click the icon representing the file you wish to rename
  • Click Rename on the shortcut menu
  • Type the new filename and press the Enter key

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deleting a file or folder
Deleting a File or Folder
  • You should periodically delete files you no longer need so that your folders and disks don’t get cluttered
  • To delete a file or folder, right-click the file or folder you wish to delete and click Delete on the shortcut menu
  • The Recycle Bin is an area on your hard drive that holds deleted files until you remove them permanently

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other copying and moving techniques
Other Copying and Moving Techniques

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copying an entire floppy disk
Copying an Entire Floppy Disk
  • Insert the disk you want to copy in drive A
  • In My Computer, right-click the 3½ Floppy (A:) icon, and then click Copy Disk
  • Click Start to begin the copy process
  • When prompted, remove the disk you want to copy, place your second disk in drive A, and then click OK

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using one disk drive to copy a disk
Using One Disk Drive to Copy a Disk

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