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Jim's Top Ten Tips

When you're working with files and folders, these are the ten most important things to remember:

  1. Use My Computer to manage all the drives and devices attached to your system. Use My Documents to manage your documents.

  2. When Web View is activated, My Computer and other folders display an activity center pane. This pane contains a context-sensitive Tasks list that makes it easy to perform most common file operations.

  3. In Windows XP, My Computer, My Documents, and other system folders are all essentially the same tool.

  4. Since Windows Explorer has been removed from Windows XP, you can display a "file tree" view by clicking the Folders button in My Computer or My Documents.

  5. The My Pictures and My Music folders are customized with views and commands useful for their specific types of files.

  6. Windows XP lets you display different icon views, and group icons by type, date, size, or name.

  7. The fastest way to copy a file is to right-click the file and select Send To from the pop-up menu.

  8. If you right-drag a file to a new location, Windows displays a pop-up menu that lets you choose to either copy or move the file.

  9. All files you delete are sent to the Recycle Bin folder. Until the Recycle Bin is filled up, you can restore any file you've recently deleted.

  10. To reduce the size of files you want to copy or e-mail, used Windows XP's compressed folders feature—which creates compressed .ZIP files.

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