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Explore Windows Explorer
By  Jean Grider,  VBCG   SIG  Instructor

Windows Explorer is one of the most powerful tools on Windows 95/98. The single window composes two panels. The left side shows the structure of all the computer resources from The Desktop, Floppy Drive, Hard Drives and CD-ROMs to Control Panels and Printers, even the Recycle Bin or more according to what you have on your system. Once you understand how to use Windows Explorer and learn some of its features, you will find yourself going to it often.
To open the Windows Explorer go to
Start -- Programs -- then Windows Explorer. Usually it is the last item under Programs because the software is sorted in alphabetical order. Or quicker still, just Right Click on Start and select Explore.
You can right click a file to display a shortcut menu that enables you to open, print, quick view, send to: cut, copy, create a shortcut, delete, rename, what's this. Some of these you will probably never use.
Open. If you are in Windows Explorer and know what the file is and want to open it, you can double click the mouse or right click and, select Open and the file will be opened in the application folder in which the file was created.
Print will not give you any control over the printer, (to make it draft or best quality or the number of copies or selected pages). The printer will just print the file.
Quick View is one I find most beneficial. While working on all the things I type up for the SIG classes. It seems that everything starts with Windows, WordPerfect or Word. In order to get to the file I want, it is a lot easier to go to Windows Explorer and use the Quick View. Also while you are viewing the file you can scroll down through all the pages if you want. You can Open it for editing from the Quick View Window by selecting File from the Menu and selecting Open.
Send To is marvelous. You can select a file, right click and send it to the A Drive or to a Zip drive You can also send it to the Desktop as a shortcut icon where you can open it quickly and easily, or send it to a Mail Recipient.
Cut When you right click the file and cut it, it will disappear from the File Folder and remain in the Clipboard until you paste it into another File Folder.
Copy Just right click, select copy and paste it into the folder you want. Then you will have two copies of the same file, which is good if you want a backup. I just checked this out and once copied you can paste it to A Drive and it will be written on the floppy using all the file attributes. (So to get a file from a File Folder to the A Drive you can use the Send To, Copy or you can actually Drag the file to the A Drive.)
Create Shortcut to the Desktop. This is more useful when putting the icon of an application on the desktop rather than a file.
Delete Files  The most often asked question I get is how to Delete Files. This is something everyone needs to learn. You should use Windows Explorer to delete any files because they will go to the Recycle Bin where you can retrieve them. After you have deleted files from your computer, it is best to wait until you restart your computer before you empty the Recycle Bin just in case you have deleted something your system needs. If you are not sure what a file is, unless it is one you generated, it would be a good idea not to delete it until you ask someone. There are several ways you can delete a file in Windows Explorer. You can Right Click and select Delete and answer yes to put in the Recycle Bin, or you can left or right click it to select it and hit the Delete Key and answer yes again. Or you can select the file and go to File on the Menu Bar and select Delete.
Rename Right Click and select Rename and a window will open for you to type the new name.
What's This is probably something you will never use. Check it out.
Properties will give you everything you could possibly want to know about a file. It tells you the name of the word processor, which version it was saved, the file name, date, size.
This just covers what Windows Explorer can do for
files. Take time to check out all the things you can do with File Folders and Disk Drives.