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Using the Windows Explorer

You can use the Windows Explorer in much the same way you use the My Computer window: to copy and move folders, to create and rename folders, to view details, and so on. You might be more comfortable using the Explorer if you have used Windows 3.0 or 3.1 because the Explorer in Windows 98 is very similar to the File Manager in previous versions of Windows. Alternatively, you might simply prefer the appearance of the Windows Explorer to that of the My Computer window.

You can use any of the commands and features of Windows Explorer to move, copy, delete, and work with files and folders. One thing that is easy to do with Explorer is to copy and move files by dragging. Drag a file from the right side of the Explorer window to the left side and drop it on top of the folder you want to copy or move it to. When you drag a file to another drive, Windows copies the file; when you drag the file to another folder, Windows moves it.


Close Windows Explorer just like you do any other program: Select the Exit command from the File menu or click the Close button in the program's title bar.


  1. Click the Start button, select the Programs command, and choose Windows Explorer.
  2. Tip
    The left side of the split Explorer window lists all drives and folders on the hard drive. The right side displays the folders and files in the selected folder or drive on the left.


    Any folder with a plus sign (+) in front of it contains more folders and files.


  3. To display folders within a folder, click the plus sign.
  4. The list expands to show other folders. A minus sign appears next to the folder name. To hide a folder, click the minus sign.
  5. To display a folder's contents, click the folder in the list in the left pane.
  6. The folder's contents appear on the right side of the Explorer window.