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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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