Computer Tutorial--Part 3: Folders

Discussion of computer folders and icons

Al Harper

When you buy a new computer you will find a large number of icons on the desktop.  Some of these you will want to keep; others are a mix of sales pieces, offers, and software that you may use infrequently or some time in the future or not at all.

In order to tidy-up the desktop, I make a folder titled "Misc" or "Junk" or something similar and store all the icons that I am not currently using.  To make such a folder move the mouse arrow (mouse) to a clear spot on the desktop and do a right click with the mouse.  In the pop-up menu that appears move the mouse down to "New" and over to "Folder" and left click. This will bring up an icon titled "New Folder".  The blue reflects my desktop background.

              The two windows appear as:

You will note that the title is highlighted and the right edge is blinking.  Type in the name for this icon such as Misc or whatever you choose and press "Enter". Double click this icon to open the folder.  You may now move icons into this folder by putting the mouse on the icon you wish to move and holding down the left clicker.  Now move the mouse into the open folder and release the left clicker.  The icon will drop into the folder.  This is called dragging.

If you do this for all the icons not currently needed, you should be able to fit the remaining icons into one or two columns on the left.  The choice is yours; however, this approach is typical.  When you have dragged all the icons you want to store in "Misc", you can click the "X" in the upper right corner and this will close the window. You may now drag the icon over to the place you wish to store it.

If you should decide to change the name of an icon (or folder), you put the mouse on the icon and right click.  The right click brings up what I call a help pop-up menu.

The help menu looks like this:
I want to discuss three of the options at the bottom of the help menu above "Properties".   They are "Create Shortcut", "Delete", and "Rename".

The "Create Shortcut" is used when a program is stored at one location such as in "Windows" on the C drive but used often at another location such as on the desktop.  A shortcut is a link between the two.  Rather than having to go through a number of pop-up menus, the shortcut enables a single click to open a file or folder.  For example, Solitaire is usually found by clicking on Start, then Programs, then either Games or Accessories and finally on the game.

A shortcut on the desktop eliminates all the above steps to get to the game. The first step is to find the base program. This can be done as above from "Start" or using a “Search” command.  When using the "Search" command you may get a listing of a number of programs all titled "Solitaire".  Look for the program which has the suffix ".exe" as that is the executable program which starts the game.  Right click on that program and follow the steps as above.   

The "Delete" can be used to put an icon, no longer needed, into the Recycle Bin.  Move the mouse to "Delete" and left click.  Another pop-up window appears to make certain that you want to delete the icon.  Click "yes".  The icon is now in the "Recycle Bin".  If, at some point, you determine that you did not want to delete an icon in the "Recycle Bin" you can recover it by opening the "Recycle Bin", right clicking on that icon and then left click on restore on the pop-up which appears.  Another easy way to delete an icon on the desktop is to drag it over the top of the "Recycle Bin" and release the click at that point. It will disappear into the "Recycle Bin".

The "Rename" is used to change the name of an icon. Move the mouse to the icon and right click. Move the mouse down to "Rename" and left click.  The name is now highlighted just as it was above when the folder was made.  Type the new name and hit "Enter".  The new name replaces the old.

Next--Part 4: Personal Folder Trees

May, 2007