Finding Files On Your Hard Disk

Before you start exploring your computer, it will be good if you learn some Windows XP basic on how to explore the desktop.

The key area of the Windows desktop include :

1. Start button — Clicking it will open the Start menu, which is what you can use to activate all your programs and documents.

2. Taskbar — Displays minimized buttons for your opened applications, files or folders. Clicking on it will open the window of that particular program, folder or file. It can accumulate many buttons as long as the computer has enough memory to use them all.

3. System Tray — Sometime known as TSR ( Terminate and Stay Resident ) program. These are programs that need to be constantly turn on but at a minimal usage of the computer memory. This part of the taskbar holds the clock, volume control, and icons for other utilities ( usually Antivirus, Antispyware or Audio ) that run in the background of your system.

4. Shortcut icons — These are links to software programs that you are using and is placed on the desktop instead. Although it does not takes up much memory, it is not advisable to cluttered your desktop with plenty of these icons. Allocated only to those daily used program or files that you constantly need to access.

5. Recycle Bin — This is where all the initial deleted files were stored. It is technically still retrievable unless you choose to EMPTY it by right-clicking on the icon which willmake the deletion permanent.

Tips : If you want to delete your sensitive files and to ensure that it is not recovered by anyone by accident, the best practice is to delete the files first and then proceeding to the bin to make another deletion (which is permanent). A specialized software will “shred” your deleted files 7 times for almost impossible retrieval.

After knowing the Basics, you can explore Start > Help and Support. It will open a menu with many learning topics on how to use Window XP. You might want to explore Windows Basics which will cover most of the topic that a Beginner would like to know, including how to manage your files and folders so that you can manipulate your saved data properly.

Example of picture below :

A Folder is like a File cabinet that you have in the office e.g. Everything HEALTH

A Sub-Folder is like the File that contains HEALTH Articles

A Sub-sub-folder is BackPain, BBC News, FATs etc

I am searching for a called “Calories Burning Food” and it is situated at :

Everything Health > HEALTH Articles> FATs > Calories Burning Food Word Document.

If you observe the Address bar, the DOS address will displayed something like this :

C:\Everything HEALTH\HEALTH Article\FATs ( Which is the location of the highlighted icon on the left )

Hoping this video will show you a clearer picture of what was mentioned above,

It is a matter of practice and after a few tries, you will definitely understand the concept of Files and Folders and their hierarchy sequence.

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