Windows 95, 98 and NT  
Create Folders and Files
Lesson 3
 
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Create Folders

1. In Windows Explorer: open the directory or folder you want to add another folder. Note the right side of the explorer is the contents of the directory or folder that is open. In this case the directory is "C:" Put your cursor in the content side (right side) not on another folder or file and right mouse click. Select "New", in first menu, select "Folder" in second menu. A folder will appear in the content side highlighted. Type in the name of the folder. You're done. Correct name is "C:\NewFolder

Can also create a folder in browse when you save or open. Not recommended. May confuse you.

Create a File
This is an image of a common dialog box used to Open, Save and Link. This case you create a file by saving it to a directory or folder which is invoked with the Save As Command. If you name this file "NewFile.doc" it will be created in the "Anderson" folder. Correct file name is C:\Anderson\NewFile.doc. Some call it a path.

Can create another file by copy and paste or drag to new location


"Save as type" is important especially if this file is to be transferred to another. If other has version 5.0 of Word, you must save as Word 5.0 for them to open when you send it to them. This box gives you options to backward version compatibilities.

Naming Folders and Files
Naming Folders and Files should be done with insight on your ability to identify the folder or file with the name you assign. You may use most of the keys on your keyboard except those that are that are reserved special operators like "?", "*", "/", "#" etc.  Numbers,  letters and underline are normal characters in naming files.  Remember many programs are case sensitive as well.  Some programmers use all uppercase and others all lowercase so they won't be confronted with an error.  I mix upper and lowercase and no spaces. Windows says you can use spaces but there is some problems with trying to address with spaces so, I just avoid spaces. Need space use underline character. Whatever you do, be consistent.  Another issue is understanding the alphabetical order of the file system  which is text data  type (similar to ANSI order). 
  Many have trouble understanding numerical order of text data type.  Just as in Alpha order, numbers are treated the same way.  201 comes before 40. Why? The first letter of 2 is lower than 4 not the total number that's associated with numerical values. Same holds true of Alpha characters.  The length of the name in alpha order does not determine it's order but rather the first letter than the second letter and so on. Same is true of numbers, first number and than second number and so on.  Review ANSI order may give you a better understanding. This is associated with databases. Wait a minute, the Windows Explorer is a database with a different look.  It's called GUI, pronounced "Gooey" for Graphical User Interface.

You now know how to create Folders and Files that expand the Directory or Folder System. Let's find out how to copy, cut and paste files and folders.
                                                 
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