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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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What’s the difference? When you’re copying files, you’re dragging specific filenames. But when you’re copying a disk, the Copy Disk command duplicates the disk exactly: It even copies the empty parts! (That’s why the process takes longer than just dragging the files over.)
The Copy Disk command has two main limitations:
A It can only copy floppy disks that are the same size or capacity. Just as you can’t pour a full can of beer into a shot glass, you can’t copy one disk’s information onto another disk unless the disks hold the same amount of data.
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I A It only copies removable disks — floppies, Zip drives, Syquest, and things with even more esoteric names.
Here’s how to make a copy of a floppy disk or other removable disk:
1. Put your floppy disk in your disk drive.
2. Double-click the My Computer icon.
3. Right-click on your floppy disk’s icon.
4. Choose Copy Disk from the pop-up menu.
A box appears, letting you confirm which disk and disk drive you want to use for your copy.
5. Click the Start button to begin making the copy and follow the helpful directions.
A All this capacity and size stuff about disks and drives is slowly digested in Chapter 2.
A The Copy Disk command can be handy for making backup copies of your favorite programs.
A The Copy Disk command completely overwrites the disk that it’s copying information to. Don’t use a disk containing anything particularly important.
A In fact, you should always use the Copy Disk command when making backup copies of programs. Sometimes, programs hide secret files on their floppies; by making a complete copy of the disk with the Copy Disk command, you can be sure that the entire disk gets copied, hidden files and all.
Creating a Folder
To store new information in a file cabinet, you grab a manila folder, scrawl a name across the top, and start stuffing it with information.
To store new information in Windows XP — a new batch of letters to the hospital billing department, for example — you create a new folder,
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think up a name for the new folder, and start moving or copying files into it.
Here’s how to create a new folder in your My Documents area, the home for lots of your user-created junk:
1. Choose My Documents from the Start menu.
2. Right-click inside your My Documents window and choose New.
Right-clicking inside your My Documents window causes a menu to shoot out the side. Choose New.
3. Select Folder from the menu that appears.
When a menu squirts out from the word New, choose Folder, as shown in Figure 11-5. Poof! A new folder appears on the desktop, waiting for you to type in a new name.
Figure 11-5:
Right-click where you want a new folder to appear, choose New, and select Folder from the menu.
4. Type in a new name for the folder.
A newly created folder has a highlighted name; when you start typing, Windows XP automatically erases the old name and fills in your new name. Done? Either press Enter or click somewhere away from the name you’ve just typed.
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If you mess up and want to try again, right-click on the folder, choose Rename, and start over.
A To move files into a new folder, drag them there. Or follow the directions in the “Copying or Moving a File, Folder, or Icon” section, earlier in this chapter.
A When copying or moving lots of files, select them all at the same time before dragging them. You can chew on this stuff in the “Selecting More Than One File or Folder” section, earlier in this chapter.
A Just as with naming files, you can use only certain characters when naming folders. (Stick with plain old letters and numbers, and you’ll be fine.)
A Shrewd observers noticed that in Figure 11-5 Windows offers to create many more things than just a folder when you click the New button. You follow this same process to create a new Shortcut, WordPad Document, Text Document, or several other things.
Seeing More Information about Files and Folders
Whenever you create a file or folder, Windows XP scrawls a bunch of secret hidden information on it: its size, the date you created it, and even more trivial stuff. Sometimes it even lets you add your own secret information: lyrics and reviews for your music files and folders, thumbnail pictures to your art folders, and other pertinent information.
To see what Windows XP is calling a file or folder behind your back, right-click on the item and choose Properties from the pop-up menu. Choosing Properties on a Pearl Jam song, for instance, brings up bunches of details, as shown in Figure 11-6.
Windows shows that the file contains a Windows Media Audio (WMA) version of Pearl Jam’s song, “Animal.” The song is less than 1.5MB in size, and it opens with Windows Media Player. (If you want a different MP3 player to play the song, you can change the application by clicking the Change button.)
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