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Windows xp for dummies - Rahbone A.

Rahbone A. Windows xp for dummies - Hungry minds , 2001. - 430 p.
ISBN: 0-7645-0893-8
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B 'i* Local Disk (C:)
□ Q Documents and Settings B £□ All Users Ê3 Guest Ê3 Owner B Û Tina
Ô Cookies lr^*i Desktop B Favorites
B QiyiM |Q My Music My Pictures B Start Menu
B IcJ Program Files B Q WINDOWS_______________________
What's all this path stuff?
Sometimes, Windows XP can't find a file, even if it's sitting right there on the hard drive. You have to tell Windows where the file lives. And to do that, you need to know that file's path.
A path is like the file's address. When heading for your house, a letter moves to your country, state, city, street, and finally, hopefully, your apartment or house number. A computer path does the same thing. It starts with the letter of the disk drive and ends with the name of the file. In between, the path lists all the folders the computer must travel through to reach the file.
For example, look at the My Music folder in Figure 11-2. For Windows XP to find a file stored there, it starts from the computer's C: hard drive, travels through the Documents and Settings folder, and then goes through the Tina folder. From there, it goes into the Tina folder's My Documents folder. And only then does it reach the My Music folder.
Take a deep breath. Exhale. Now, in a path, a disk drive letter is referred to as C:\. The disk utw ancj co|on make up the first part of
the path. All the other folders are inside the big C: folder, so they're listed after the C: part. Windows separates these nested folders with something called a backslash, or \. The name of the actual file — for example, Rivers of Babylon — comes last.
C:\Documents and Set-
tings\Tina\My Documents\My
Music\Rivers of Babylon iswhatyou get when you put it all together, and that's the official path of the Rivers of Babylon file in Tina's My Music folder.
This stuff can be tricky, so here it is again: The letter for the drive comes first, followed by a colon and a backslash. Then come the names of all the folders, separated by backslashes. Last comes the name of the file (with no backslash after it).
When you click folders, Windows XP puts together the path for you. Thankfully. But whenever you click the Browse button when looking for a file, you're navigating through folders and showing Windows the path to the file.
iLoaiDi*«::) When it’s first loaded, Windows’ My Computer program shows those
0 icons. See the icon labeled 3 1/2 Floppy (A:)?The icon is a picture of a
^ floppy
disk and its disk drive. You see a compact disc floating above
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drive D: to show that it’s a compact disc drive. The hard drive, in the middle, doesn’t have anything hovering over it except a nagging suspicion that it will fail horribly at the worst moment.
My Computer also shows information stored in other areas, like MP3 players or digital cameras, as shown in these icons to the left.
Clicking these icons isn’t as straightforward as clicking a disk drive icon because cameras and music players can be set up in many different ways. However, clicking these icons usually lets you access their contents and move files back and forth.
A If you’re kinda sketchy on those disk drive things, you probably skipped Chapter 2. Trot back there for a refresher.
A Double-click a drive icon in My Computer, and the My Computer window displays the drive’s contents. For example, put a disk in drive A and double-click My Computer’s drive A icon. After a few gears whirl, My Computer shows what files and folders live on the disk in drive A.
A Hold down the Ctrl key while double-clicking a drive icon, and a second My Computer window appears, to show the drive’s contents. (You might have to rearrange one window’s size to see them both.) So what? Well, a second window comes in handy when you want to move or copy files from one folder or drive to another, as discussed in the “Copying or Moving a File, Folder, or Icon” section of this chapter.
A If you click an icon for a CD or floppy drive when no disk is in the drive, Windows XP stops you gently, suggesting that you insert a disk before proceeding further.
A Spot an icon called My Network Places? That’s a little doorway for peering into other computers linked to your computer — if there are any. You find more network stuff near the end of this chapter and in Chapter 9.
Seeing what's inside folders
I Because folders are really little storage compartments, Windows XP uses a picture of a little folder to stand for each separate place for storing files.
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To see what’s inside a folder, either in My Computer or on your computer’s desktop, just double-click that folder’s picture. A new window pops up, showing that folder’s contents. Spot a folder inside that folder? Double-click it to see what’s inside. Keep clicking until you find what you want or reach a dead end.
If you mistakenly open the wrong folder, all is not lost. Just back your way out as if you’re browsing the Web. Click the lime-green Back arrow at the window’s top-left corner. (It’s the same arrow that appears in the margin.) That closes the wrong folder and shows you the folder you just left. If you keep clicking the Back arrow, you end up right where you started.
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