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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
Download (direct link): microsoftwind2001.pdf
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As you see in Figure 11-4, I’ve opened the House folder by doubleclicking it. Inside is the Traveler file, the one I want to move.
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2. While holding down the right mouse button, use the mouse to point at the folder to which you’d like to move the file.
The trick is to hold down the right mouse button the whole time. When you move the mouse, its arrow drags the file along with it. For example, Figure 11-4 shows how the desktop looks when I drag the Traveler file from the House folder to my Morocco folder.
Figure 11-4:
The Traveler file is being dragged to the Morocco folder on the left side of the window in order to move the file there.
3. Release the mouse button and choose Copy, Move, or Create Shortcut from the pop-up menu.
When the mouse arrow hovers over the place to which you want to move the file, take your finger off the mouse button and choose Copy, Move, or Create Shortcut from the menu that appears.
Moving a file or folder by dragging it is pretty easy, actually. The hard part comes when you try to put the file and its destination on-screen at the same time, especially when one folder is buried deep within your computer.
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That’s why Windows offers a few other ways to copy or move files — you don’t have to drag and drop icons if you don’t want to. Although none of these methods is the best for all situations, they all work well at different times.
And what if I don't hold down the right mouse button while dragging and dropping?
My Computer does something awfully dumb to confuse people: When you drag a file from one folder to another on the same drive, you move the file. When you drag a file from one folder to another on a different drive, you copy that file.
I swear I didn’t make up these rules. And the process gets more complicated: You can click the file and hold down the Shift key to reverse the rules. That’s why it’s much easier to simply hold down the right mouse button whenever you drag and drop anything.
A Cut and paste: Right-click on a file or folder and choose Cut or Copy, depending on whether you want to move or copy it. (I cover cutting and pasting extensively in Chapter 8.) Then right-click on your destination folder and choose Paste. It’s simple, it always works, and you needn’t place the item and its destination onscreen simultaneously. However, moving from one folder to another often takes a few keystrokes.
A Copy/Move to Folder commands: This method only works on items within folders. Click the file and click Edit from the menu along the folder’s top. Choose Copy This File or Move This File, and a new window appears, listing all your computer’s folders and their locations. Click through the window’s folders until you find the destination folder, and Windows carries out the Copy or Move command. This method works well, but only if you know your destination folder’s exact location within your computer’s pile of folders.
A Windows Explorer: Described later in this chapter, Windows Explorer presents a My Computer window, but with all your folders lined up along the window’s left side. That makes it easier to see both the object and its destination on the same screen. Using Windows Explorer is often the easiest method, but you need to figure out the program, which I describe toward this chapter’s end. (For a peek at Windows Explorer, open My Computer and click Folders on the toolbar along the top.)
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Always drag icons while holding down the right mouse button. Windows XP is then gracious enough to give you a menu of options when you position the icon, and you can choose to move, copy, or create a shortcut. If you hold down the left mouse button, Windows XP sometimes doesn’t know whether to copy or move.
A To copy or move files to a floppy disk, digital camera, or MP3 player in the My Computer window, hold down the right mouse button while dragging those files to that item’s icon.
A Don’t ever move these folders: My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, Shared Documents, Shared Pictures, or Shared Music. Keep them where they are so they’re easy to find.
A After you run a program’s installation program to put the program on your hard drive, don’t ever move the program’s folder or files around. An installation program often wedges a program into Windows pretty handily; if you move the program, it may not work anymore, and you’ll have to reinstall it. Feel free to move the program’s shortcut, though, if it has one.
Selecting More Than One File or Folder
Windows XP lets you grab an armful of files and folders at one swipe; you don’t always have to piddle around, dragging one item at a time.
To pluck several files and folders, hold down the Ctrl key when you click the names or icons. Each name or icon stays highlighted when you click the next one.
To gather several files or folders sitting next to each other in a list, click the first one. Then hold down the Shift key as you click the last one. Those two items are highlighted, along with every file and folder sitting between them.
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