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Archive for the ‘Windows Explorer’ Category



What are Window Panes?

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Q:
What are “window panes”?

A:
“Panes” are generally referenced when you have a split window, like what you would have in Windows Explorer. The “panes” are the individual sides of the window. In explorer the right side is usually called the “right pane”, the left side is the “left pane”.

Why not simply call them the right and left sides? Well, that would make SENSE now… Continue reading

Copy the Path

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Q: Is there a faster way to open a file path? For example, can I copy and paste the line below somewhere and have the folder just open up?

c:\my documents\my folder\2001

I notice that many of your tips will tell us to navigate to a folder on our computer and it seems like it would be easier if we could just copy & paste the path somewhere.

A:

Full Path

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Have you ever gotten a little lost while using My Computer? Before you get buried in another deep directory, tell Windows to show the full path in the title bar. I know, it doesn’t sound all that profound, but it really comes in helpful. Here’s how:

Open My Computer (or any folder) and click the Tools menu, Folder options .

Q:
What’s the address bar for in Windows Explorer?

A:
If you drop it down, you’ll get a quick overview of the system drives and folders. This is especially helpful if you have a lot of folders on your C: drive. I normally have to do a ton of scrolling just to get down to where my CD ROM drive is, but by using Address drop down box… Continue reading

Exploring Thumbnails

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Exploring Thumbnails

Do you have folders full of pictures? I do, both from my digital camera and various scans that I have done. Figuring out which one of these pictures is which is like finding something lost in my daughter’s room—it’s frightening.

Fortunately, there is another way to view these files. Starting with Windows ME you can use “thumbnail view”.

From Windows Explorer or My Computer, click the View menu… Continue reading

A Quick Way to the C:

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

OK, I know there are several ways to view the contents of your hard drive (normally drive C), but here’s another one that I thought was kinda cool.

First, hit your Windows Key and the letter R (Win+R). (The Windows key is located between the Alt & Ctrl keys).

You should now have the Run dialog box sitting

Control Windows Explorer Focus

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

Control Windows Explorer Focus

Ever wish you could control the folder or drive that Windows Explorer opens to? Well, you can and here’s how:

Right-click the Desktop and select New , Shortcut.

In the command line box, put in one of the commands below:

1. To have this shortcut open Explorer with focus on the My Documents folder, use this in the command line (probably a good… Continue reading

What does the “Send To” menu do?

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Q:
What does the “send to” menu do?

A:
If you right-click a file in Windows Explorer or My Computer, one of the options you’ll get from the resulting menu is ” Send To “. You can use this ” Send to ” option to send the file in question to another location, person, program, etc.

For example, one option is to Send To, desktop

Inverse Selections

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Have you ever needed to select *most* of the files in a folder using Windows Explorer? Here’s a technique you may have never heard of. Continue reading

What is a Wizard?

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Q:
What is a Wizard?

A:
When you hear someone refer to a wizard, they aren’t talking about Merlin, Oz, Gandalf, or Dumbledore, although, in a way, there might be a similarity in function.

A Wizard is a tool to guide you through the steps of a process or task by asking a series of questions or presenting options. A Wizard might… Continue reading

Bigger Thumbnails

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Bigger Thumbnails

Since Windows ME we’ve had the option of having folders in thumbnail view. This creates a little picture preview in the folder. Very handy if you have gigs of pictures on your hard drive. Have you ever wished that they were bigger? Well then, you’re in luck today because I’m gonna tell you how.

This will require going into your registry, so proceed with caution.

To start the… Continue reading

Quick Switch to Explorer

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Here’s the deal. You open up My Computer and start browsing for a particular file or folder. About five minutes into it, you realize you would have been better off doing this with Windows Explorer. What to do? Is it time to start over? Is all hope lost? Am I being too dramatic?

Anyhow, when faced with the situation above, most of us would close My Computer, open Explorer, and… Continue reading

Q:
What’s the difference between Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer?

A:
Actually, nothing. It’s a program with a split-personality. The Internet Explorer side of the program is for surfing the web. The Windows Explorer side is used for exploring the files, folders, drives, and directories on your computer.

What’s cool about it is they work very much the same manner. For example, click the Back button on Internet… Continue reading

How to Empty My Recent Documents

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Q:
In Windows XP, is there a way to empty “My Recent Documents” or to just get rid of it ?

A:
“My Recent Documents” holds the last 15 items that you opened. You can delete individual items in the usual manner (Right-click then choose “Delete”), but the number stays at fifteen. That’s because the contents are in a hidden file called “Recent” that is… Continue reading

Hitting the Target

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Have you ever needed to get at a program’s folder? Usually, it involves opening Windows Explorer , then the Program Files folder, then sifting around through all the sub-folders until you find what you’re looking for. Heck, even then you sometimes have to sort through more sub-folder before you actually get to where you want to go.

There’s gotta be a better way, right?… Continue reading

Selection Savvy

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Ever need to make more than one choice in a list box? (A list box is basically an item by item list. You’ve probably seen them on web pages or in computer programs you’ve used. A lot of E-mail programs use a list box to display its list of messages.)

Here’s how:

1. Click the first item on the list you would like to… Continue reading

Minimize, Maximize, and Close buttons

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Q:
What are those three little buttons on the upper right-hand corner of an open window for?

A:
Those are the Minimize, Maximize, and Close buttons.

The “X” closes the window.

The “Box” maximizes the program, making it full screen. If it’s already maximized, it looks like a box on top of another box. If you click it in that state, it will make your window smaller.

Finally… Continue reading

What’s This?

Monday, November 15th, 2004

We often tell you ways to configure Internet Explorer or Outlook Express for maximum efficiency or how to stop annoying default features. Many times you end up in the “Options” menu where you are faced with a long list of features. What does each one do?

Guess what, there is a very easy way to find out what different features do

Let’s Make a New Folder!

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Let’s say you would like to have some sub-folders (a sub-folder is a folder within a folder) in your “My Documents” folder. You could set one up for each member of your family so everyone’s stuff stays separate, or for specific jobs.

Here’s how:

Right-click the Start button, select Explore from the little menu that pops up. Windows Explorer

Resize Scrollbars

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Q:
My scrollbars are too small and I have trouble grabbing them. Is there a way to change the size?

Note: Video may contain additional information not found in the written text.

A:
Well, you’ll be both thrilled and delighted to know you can adjust their size. Here’s how:

In Windows XP:

1. Right-click your desktop and select Properties

2. You’ll be… Continue reading

Keep Your Folder View Consistent

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Do Some of your folders show big icons, some a list, and others have thumbnails? There is an easy way to make them all the same …

Open Windows Explorer (this may be a taskbar shortcut, desktop shortcut, or Start menu link to Computer, My Documents, or Libraries).

Using

Windows Searches

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Windows Searches

Do you have a particular folder you’re always rummaging through? Maybe your “My Documents” folder? Well, do I have a trick for you!

As you probably know (or will know here in a second), if you right-click a folder and select Find or Search , you’ll get a Find (or search) box that is automatically set to look in the folder you were just right-clicking.

Customize the XP Start Menu

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

You know about the Start button, right? It sits down in the lower left-hand corner of the toolbar waiting to be clicked whereupon it shall reveal its wealth of information. But what if you click it and you don’t like the way it looks?

Well, you can get some relief, and have fun, with the Start Menu properties. Just right-click Start and choose Properties.… Continue reading

Where is my Control+Alt+Delete?

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Q:
Why doesn’t my Windows XP have Control+Alt+Delete ?

A:
This could be caused by a virus, b ut before you panic, it could also be missing if, for some unknown reason, Task Manager did not install or was deleted. So, first you should find out if it’s there:

Start / Search “all files & folders” for ” taskmgr.exe “. This file should be located on your C… Continue reading

File Association Options

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Q:
My JPEGs open up in my web browser, but I want them to open in the photo program I just installed. How can I make sure that files open where I want them to?

A:
You seem to be suffering from file association anxiety? This is common for people who have files open in the wrong program or a file type that isn’t associated… Continue reading

Classic Control Panel in XP

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

By default, the control panel is in Category View, so when you open it, you see 10 categories (Appearance, sound, etc.) to choose from.

That can make it hard to find what you want. If you notice on the right side there is a link marked Switch to Classic View.

Click there and you will be… Continue reading

Folder Jumpin’

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Folder Jumpin’

I don’t know about you, but I’m always jumping from one folder to another. First I was here, then I was there, then I thought I was here when I was really there, then I took a break and found some aspirin.

During said break, I realized that the folders I was hopping between were the same two or three folders all the time. Hmm…

So, I decided… Continue reading

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