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Working with Folders

Creating a Folder
Copying Folders
Moving Folders
Renaming Folders
Deleting Folders

Creating a Folder


Working with your files is easier if you group related files into folders. For example, you might want to create a folder in your word-processing program's folder to hold all the documents you create with that program. Creating a folder enables you to keep your documents separated from the program's files so you can easily find your document files.

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If you change your mind about the new folder, you can always delete it. To delete the folder, select it and then press the Delete key on your keyboard. Click the Yes button to confirm the deletion.


 

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The folder name can contain as many as 255 characters, and can include spaces.


 

Copying Folders


Windows 98 makes it easy for you to copy a folder and its contents and then paste them in a new location. You can, for example, copy a folder to a floppy disk to use as a backup or to move to another computer. In addition, you can copy a folder and its contents to another location on the hard drive if, for example, you want to revise the original file for a different use.

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You can copy a folder by first opening both the window that contains the folder (the source) and the window to which you want to copy the folder (the destination). Click the folder in the source window and drag it to the destination window.


 

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You can also use the Copy button or right-click the folder and choose Copy from the shortcut menu.


 

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Keep in mind that you copy both the folder and its contents. If you don't need the copy, you can delete it.


 

Moving Folders


You can move a folder and its contents to another folder or to a disk so that you can reorganize your directory structure. Suppose, for example, that you want to move all related files and folders to the same place on your hard drive so you can find them quickly and easily.

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You can select the Undo command from the Edit menu to undo the move if you change your mind.


 

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You can move a folder by opening both the window containing the folder (the source) and the window to which you will move the folder (the destination). Then press and hold the Shift key and drag the folder from the source window to the destination window.


 

Renaming Folders


As you add more and more folders and files to your computer, you will eventually need to rearrange and reorganize them. In addition to needing to know how to move folders, you'll need to know how to rename them (for instance, suppose you want to give a folder a more descriptive name). Fortunately, Windows 98 lets you easily rename folders.

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Folder names and filenames can contain as many as 255 characters, including spaces. You also can include letters, numbers, and other symbols on your keyboard, except the following:

? / : " * < > \ |

 


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Click the folder once to select it, and then single-click within the name to edit the name.


 

Deleting Folders


You can delete folders when you no longer need them. When you delete a folder from your hard drive, you also delete its contents. Windows 98 places deleted folders in the Recycle Bin. You can restore deleted items from the Recycle Bin if you realize you have placed items there by accident.

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You can right-click the folder and choose the Delete command or click the Delete button in the toolbar.


 

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If you change your mind about deleting the folder, click the No button in the Confirm Folder Delete dialog box. The box closes, and you're returned to the intact folder. Alternatively, you can undo the deletion by selecting the Edit | Undo command.


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When you delete a folder from a floppy drive, that item does not land in the Recycle Bin; it is immediately deleted from your system.


 

  1. Select the folder you want to delete.
  2. Click File, and then select the Delete command.
  3. Click the Yes button.
  4. The folder is deleted.