Windows 95, 98 and NT 
Note: "Folder" and "Directory" are the same. 
Lesson 2
| Directory | Disclaimer |

1. This is a reduced view of the Windows Explorer indicating the major directories or folders that are on my computer. Your directories will be different but similar. Viewing Options are in menu "View" as a web page, large/small icons or list. I prefer list and not web page view as being more concise and descriptive.

Desktop: Is a Directory holding short cuts to programs and files that you want on your opening screen or called "Desktop".

MyComputer: Is a Directory holding subdirectories that apply to your computer. Folders that apply to settings and controls as well as file folders and more sub directories. Network connections and applicable hard drives.

Internet Explorer: Directory for Web Connections and configurations.

Network Neighborhood: Outlines directories of the network your computer is linked to if any.

Recycle Bin: Temporary Storage of most deleted files that pertain to your computer. A safety net that says "do you really want to permanently delete this folder or file?"

Note: Left side of explorer has an exit button, top right corner. If clicked, left side or "Folders" section will disappear. Click menu "View", select "Explorer Bar", select "Folders" for that section to reappear.


Let's open "MyComputer" by clicking the + sign. It will display all the sub folders of "My Computer". This is the normal opening look when you open Windows Explorer. In Menu "View" you have choices to change this look. I prefer using the "List" look rather than icons that take up too much space. Let's dismiss the folder icons and consider the drives that are associated with a letter.  For practical purposes and addressing, let's consider them as the major "working" directories and the others as configuring directories. You might view them in your mind as filing cabinets that hold folders and those folders are additional filing cabinets that hold more folders and files.
A: is for the Floppy Drive. To Work you need to insert a floppy disc that may be blank or with files and folders. Newer computers may allocate Drive A for CD recorder instead of Floppy
B: Normally assigned for additional Floppy Drive to copy from drive A or visa versa. Don't have in this case. No drive "B". Note newer computers may assign CD Rom to this drive.
C: Normally Computer Major Hard Drive. Most of the downloaded programs are designed to be stored and configured on this drive. Note: Normally represents the whole drive but due to limitations of Windows 95 may be partitioned into a couple of virtual drives and be named a letter value.
D: Could be a partitioned drive or in this case the drive assigned to CD ROM. Note: Icon. Your computer may have more than one hard drive and additional drive letters may be assigned normally in sequence but not necessarily.
Cee on Horse: Networked to drive on another computer named "Horse" and assigned name with Alias Drive "E"..   Note: Icon difference showing shared drive. Not available if the other computer is not on because it is networked and needs to be on to function.

Directory C: and in this case Hard Drive C.

Addressing: begins at this level and not with "My Computer" directory.  Note: to separate the major working directories from the sub directories you use a "back slash" mark and no spaces to eliminate interpretation problems.  Windows is supposed to interpret folders and files with spaces but dialog answers may not interpret.  It is best to either eliminate naming your file or folder without spaces or if you need a space use the underline key & avoid a space.

Name of your File: The file you want is "Config.dos". However the correct name of your file would be: C:\Config.dos See how it applies to Window Explorer on right.  Note: the explorer helps you address and in this case C: is selected and the addressing section at the top of the explorer will enter the address of the last folder you select.  You may want to go through this system and copy the address, paste where you want it and type in the name of the file.


Okay, we've seen the directory construction and how folders or directories, sub directories and files relate to one another in an organized manner. Now let's see how folders and files can be created       
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