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Windows 8.1 Bible by Rob Tidrow, Jeffrey R. Shapiro, Jim Boyce

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Chapter 21: Managing Files and Folders

IN THIS CHAPTER

Selecting items to move, copy, rename, or delete

Moving and copying files and folders

Renaming files and folders

Creating shortcuts to favorite places

Deleting and un-deleting files and folders

Your computer's hard disk has enough space on it to store thousands of pictures, songs, and other files. Having lots of stuff on your computer can be a good thing, but only if you can find what you're looking for when you need it. Therefore, keeping things organized so they're easy to find is an important basic skill that every computer user needs to learn.

Chapter 20 discusses drives, folders, and files in terms of what they are and why you need them. It also tells you how to use Explorer to navigate your system and get to things you need. The chapter covers strategies for saving things in such a way that prevents you from losing them.

This chapter picks up where that one left off. Here, we assume you've read and understood most of that chapter. Now you're ready to start reorganizing what you already have. That requires that you know how to select, move, and copy files. You'll also discover other important techniques in this chapter, such as how to rename, delete, and un-delete files. These basic skills are important to acquire if you ever intend to use your computer for anything beyond basic e-mail and web browsing.

Selecting Icons

You'll often find that you want to perform some operation on many files. For example, let's say you ...

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