The Windows explorer and how to manipulate objects in it 

The explorer window is a basic window in which one can create, save, retrieve & manipulate contents from easily and fast. 

This window can be displayed by using the computer icon on the desktop or windows explorer icon on the task bar.

Also read: navigating and executing commands in Windows explorer.

Windows explorer is actually used to display drives, folders, and files in a hierarchy form. It divides the window into two panes; the left pane contains storage locations (drives) while the right displays a list of files and subfolders contained in the selected location. 

To display this window:

  • Click on start button.
  • Point/ click on programs to display all programs list.
  • Click on accessories then on the sub menu click on Windows explorer. 

If you observe keenly you will notice that some items have a small triangle on their left, it shows that that particular drive/ folder contains other lower level items. Alternatively you could also click on Windows explorer icon from the task bar.

Also read: a synopsis on the history of computers

Computer icon like explorer window also displays storage locations and there content. To open it; you can either double click on computer icon from the desktop or click the computer option from start menu

Creating a new folder.

  1. Using computer icon, display the explorer window.
  2. On the left pane select (click on location) the location in which you want to create a new folder.
  3. On the file menu point to new, move mouse pointer horizontally straight then click on folder.  A folder with a temporal name New folder appears.
  4. Type a new name for the folder then enter key from the keyboard or click the icon or in ‘space’.
  5. To create a subfolder, follow above procedures but select a folder as location. Watch video here 

To open a folder.

  1. Display explorer window.
  2. From location pane, click the triangle beside a drive/folder in which the folder you want to open is in.
  3. Select the folder (click on it) and its contents will be displayed in the right pane. 

Also read: a guide on succefuly booting a computer correctly

    Creating a new file

    You could create different types of files depending on programs you have installed/ copied on your hard disk. To create a new word document proceed as follows: 

    1. Display explorer window
    2. Select location in which you want to create a new file.
    3. Click on file menu then point on new.
    4. Select Microsoft word document from the sidekick menu.
    5. Type a new name to replace the temporal one then press enter key. Watch video

    In Windows file names can contain up to255 character including spaces except symbols e.g. * ÷;: /,.


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