Selecting a Single File
When you want to work on files (copy, move, print, delete, and so on), you start by selecting the files you want. Selecting a single file is simple.
To deselect a file, click outside the selected file list.
Selecting Multiple Files That Are Next to Each Other
Windows 98 enables you to easily select multiple files that are grouped together in the folder.
Selecting Multiple Files That Are Not Next to Each Other
Even if the files you want to select are not grouped together, you can still select them using Windows 98.
Selecting All Files
Windows 98 enables you to easily select all the files in a window.
Copying a File to Another Folder
Windows makes it easy to copy files from one folder to another and from one disk to another. You might copy files in order to create a backup copy or to revise one copy while keeping the original file intact.
To use drag-and-drop editing to copy files, open both the window that contains the file (source) and the window for the folder or drive to which you want to copy the file (destination). Hold the Ctrl key and drag the file to its destination.
Alternatively, you can click the Copy button or right-click and select Copy from the shortcut menu.
Copying a File to a Floppy Disk
You might want to copy a file to a floppy disk to take the file with you or to make up a backup copy. Windows provides a shortcut (the Send To command) for copying a file to a floppy disk.
If the disk is full, you see an error message. Insert a different disk and click the Retry button.
You might need to move files from one folder or drive to another (for example, in order to reorganize folders by putting similar files together in the same folder). You might also move a file that you accidentally saved in the wrong folder.
If you make a mistake, you can undo the move by selecting the Undo command from the Edit menu.
You can also drag a file to a different folder. Open both the window that contains the file and the window for the folder or drive to which you want to move the file. If you are moving from one folder to another, simply drag the file(s) from one window to the other. If you are moving from one drive to another, hold down the Shift key and drag.
Eventually, your computer will become full of files, and you'll have a hard time organizing and storing them all. You can copy necessary files to floppy disks, tapes, and so on, and then delete the files from your hard drive to make room for new files. In addition, you will sometimes want to delete files you no longer need.
You can undo a deletion by selecting the Undo command from the Edit menu. Alternatively, you can retrieve the deleted item from the Recycle Bin, as covered in the next task.
Other alternatives for deleting files and folders include clicking the Delete button, right-clicking the folder or file and choosing Delete from the shortcut menu, and pressing the Delete key on your keyboard.
Sometimes you will delete a file or folder by mistake. You can retrieve the file or folder from the Recycle Bin (as long as the Recycle Bin has not been emptied) and return it to its original location.
If you want to be permanently rid of the files in the Recycle Bin, you can empty it. Double-click the Recycle Bin icon and make sure that it doesn't contain anything you need to save. Then choose the Empty Recycle Bin command from the File menu. Windows displays the Confirm Multiple File Delete dialog box; click Yes to empty the Recycle Bin.
After you've worked for months with your applications, your computer will become filled with various folders and files, which can make it nearly impossible for you to know where everything is. Luckily, Windows includes a command that helps you locate specific files or folders by name, file type, location, and so on.
You can use the characters * and ? (known as wildcards) in the search. For example, to find all files ending with the extension .doc, you could type *.doc. Similarly, you could type chap??.* to find all files beginning with chap, followed by any two characters, and ending in any extension.
If you do not know the name of the file but you know what type of file it is, click the Advanced tab in the Find dialog box. From the Of type list box, choose the type of file you're searching for (such as Application, Configuration, Help, Microsoft Word Document, or Text Document). Click the Find Now button, and Windows performs the search.
If you often use the same file or folder, you might want fast access to it. If so, you can create a shortcut icon for the file or folder on the desktop. Double-clicking a shortcut icon to a file opens the file in the program you used to create the file. Double-clicking a folder displays the contents of the folder in a window.
Be sure to drag with the right mouse button. If you drag with the left, you move the file or folder.
To delete the shortcut icon, right-click it and then choose Delete or drag the icon to the Recycle Bin.
To rename the shortcut icon, right-click it and then choose Rename. Type a new name and press Enter.