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On your computer, Windows keeps everything organised into folders. Every picture, music track, document or video.

Windows folders are the containers that keep related files together. You computer uses them, so you should too.

We can organise all our documents into folders so that they're easier to find. Pictures, music & video likewise.

Before we can do that, we need to be able to create our own folders. To be able to name them, and possibly rename them. So here we go.

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    windows folders.

    Your computer comes with some folders already set up for you to use.

    Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures and Video.

    But we need to be able to access them. File Explorer.

    To get to your folders, left click the File Explorer icon on the Taskbar (the yellow folder).

    file explorer.

    When File Explorer opens, most of you will see something like this.

    Our personal folders are at the top of the window.

    But wait, not all my folders are there. Where are my Music & Video folders?

    If you look carefully at the yellow highlight, you'll see it says Frequent Folders.

    So these are the folders I've been using most often. But not all of my folders.

    Check which folders Windows is showing on your machine.

    where are my other folders?

    You guys will probably be seeing something different to me, it all depends on which folders you've been using.

    But here's the thing, I want to be able to find my Video folder, quickly & easily, without having to search for it, even if I haven't used it for 6 months.

    And you'll want the same thing too.

    change quick access settings.

    The culprit is a setting in Quick Access. By default it's set to show only the most recently used folders.

    On a works machine, where your only accessing certain folders, this makes sense. But on a home computer, it can be confusing, if not down right annoying.

    We'll change the setting to better suit our needs.

    At the top of the left hand panel, you'll see Quick Access.

    Right click on Quick Access and on the menu, left click OPTIONS.

    change quick access options.

    The Folder Options window will open.

    Left click the drop down arrow for "Open File Explorer to".

    Then left click THIS PC.

    Click the OK button at the bottom of the window and the window will close.

    Nothing will change on your screen, We have to close and then re-open File Explorer to see the difference.

    Close File Explorer (X in top right corner).

    change quick access to this PC.

    When you open File Explorer again, all your personal folders are displayed.

    Having File Explorer set like this makes far more sense on a home computer.

    music & video folders are back. Hoorah.

    I know that many people don't like changing settings on their PC's, but this is one I really think you should do.

    And it's why your here isn't it? To find out how to make the machine work for you, rather than against you.

    Also if you don't like it, you can always change it back again later.

    Changing quick access settings.


    creating folders in windows.

    It's a great idea to make your own folders to keep your stuff together.

    It makes finding your files much easier to do, if they're in a folder.

    To create a folder, move your pointer to a bit of free space, not touching anything else, then right click.

    On the menu that appears, move your pointer onto the word NEW.

    A second menu appears, left click on FOLDER.

    creating a new folder.

    A folder is created, it's called NEW FOLDER.

    Looking carefully, you'll see the words "New Folder" are highlighted.

    Type a name for your folder, something descriptive of what's going to go in there.

    So if your putting your pictures from Christmas in there, call it Christmas 2019. Or something like that.

    You can call your folder anything you like, so long as it makes sense to you and you'll know what's in there.

    a new folder is born.

    As soon as the new folder appears, you can type a name for it.

    You don't have to click anywhere. Just start typing and what you type will appear as the folder's name.

    You can create a folder anywhere on your computer.

    You can put folders inside other folders.

    As many as you need.

    creating new folders.

    renaming a folder.

    Did you click? Did you end up with a folder called New Folder? I find a lot of people do it. You know who you are.

    Try to resist the temptation to click somewhere, just type.

    Anyway, if you did click, or you've misspelt the folder's name, you can easily correct it.

    Sometimes, we'll want to change the name of a folder so that it can be used for something else.

    Whatever the reason that you want to change the name of a folder, it's just a couple of clicks.

    Left click once on a folder to select it, then right click it.

    On the menu that appears, left click RENAME.

    You'll see the folder's current name become highlighted.

    Now type whatever you want the folder to be called.

    Remember, you guys, that while the folder's name is highlighted, you don't click anywhere. Just type.

    renaming a folder.

    deleting a folder in windows.

    It makes sense to delete folders that you no longer use.

    If you want to delete a folder from your computer.

    Left click once to select it, then right click it to open the options menu.

    On the menu, left click DELETE.

    deleting a windows folder.

    This is important.

    If you delete a folder, everything inside that folder will also be deleted.

    Sounds obvious, but you'd be surprised how many times I get called on to undo a deleted folder because there was something inside it that shouldn't have been deleted.

    A Windows folder is a container, it works just like a box or a bucket in the real world.

    If you throw out that box or bucket, then everything inside the box or bucket goes too. It's the same with folders.

    It's very easy to rename or delete a folder, once you get the hang of it.

    renaming and deleting windows folders.


    practice IT, remember IT.

    Practice, as they say, makes perfect. Have a go at the exercises.

    Using folders on your computer is an absolute essential skill to have.

    If your kinda new to all this, it's well worth the effort to have a practice.

    What we're going to do is create a few folders, rename them & delete them.

    Practice IT.


    when your ready.

    So now we know about folders. Great. Files next.

    "Huston, we have a folder."