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2011-11-11

A+: Working with Folders/Directories

Windows provides two ways to work with folders (also called directories): visually, through Windows Explorer (which you also start by using the Computer / My Computer icons), or at the command line (MKDIR/MD, CHDIR/CD, RMDIR/RD).  

To navigate between folders in Windows Explorer, follow these procedures:
• To view the subfolders (subdirectories) in a folder (directory), click the plus (+) sign next to the folder name in the left pane of Windows Explorer.
• To view the contents of a folder (including files and other folders), click the folder in the left pane of Windows Explorer. The contents of the folder appear in the right pane.
• To navigate to the previous view, click the left-hand arrow above the address bar.
• To move to the next view, click the right-hand arrow.
• To navigate to the next higher folder in the folder hierarchy, click the up-arrow/folder button.
To create a new folder in Windows Explorer, follow these steps:
  • Open the folder in which you want to create a new folder. The folder’s contents are displayed in the right pane.
  • Right-click an empty space in the right pane and select New, Folder 
  • Enter the new folder name and press Enter.



To remove a folder from either Windows Explorer or My Computer views, follow these steps.
  • Right-click the folder and select Delete.
  • Click Yes on the Confirm Folder Delete dialog.

The folder and its contents move to the Recycle Bin. To bypass the Recycle Bin in deleting, hold down either Shift key and select Delete and then click Yes.

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