Working with files and folders in File Explorer

Working with File Explorer in Windows 8

When you create and save a file in an application, it’s usually stored on your PC hard drive. You can then open, delete, copy or move that file from within File Explorer on Windows 8 Desktop.

Open a file
Step 1  In File Explorer, double-click the file you want to open.

Step 2  It will open in the app that you used to create or edit it.

Step 3  To open the file in a different app, select the file and click the Home tab,

Step 4  Click the arrow next to Open, and choose the app you want to use instead.

Delete a file
If you no longer need a file or folder, delete it from your computer hard disk to free up storage space.

Step 1  In File Explore, click the file you want to delete.

Step 2  Click the Home tab and then click Delete.


Step 3  The file will move into the Recycle bin.

Step 4  To bypass the Recycle bin and permanently remove a file from your computer, hold down the Shift key as you click Delete in Step 2.

Recover a deleted file
If you delete a file or folder by accident, you can recover it from the Recycle bin on the Desktop.

Step 1  Double click the Recycle bin icon on the Desktop to open it.

Step 2  Right-click the file or folder and from the pop-up menu that appears click Restore.


Step 3  The file will be returned to its original location.

Create a folder
Storing related files into folders will help keep your hard drive clutter free and make it easier to find a file again at a later date. You can create folders within folders – these are called subfolders.

Step 1  In File Explorer, click the Home tab, and then click New folder.


Step 2  Type a name for the new folder and press Enter on the keyboard.

Rename a folder or a file
Even if you named a folder or file when your first created it, you can change its name at anytime.

Step 1  In File Explorer, click the file or folder you want to rename

Step 2  Click the Home tab, and then click Rename. Windows creates a text box around the item name

Step 3  Type a new name for the item. Windows 8 supports names up to around 255 characters but short descriptive names are best

Step 4  Press Enter

Copy or move files and folders
You can move or copy files and folders from one place to another using the Home tab.

Step 1  In File Explorer, select the file, and click the Home tab, then click Copy to copy or Cut to move.


Step 2  Navigate to the destination folder.

Step 3  Click the Home tab, and then click Paste.

Step 4  Alternatively, drag and drop the file or folder to a new location. Click on the file or folder and hold down the mouse button as you drag the item to a new location. Then release the mouse button. To copy rather than move the file, hold down the Ctrl key as you drag and release the item.

To move or copy more than one file or folder at a time, hold down the Ctrl key as you select the second and subsequent items.

Keyboard shortcuts make moving or copying files and folders easier. Select the item then press Ctrl + C to copy or Ctrl + X to cut, click in the new location and press Ctrl + V to paste the item.

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