The Windows Folder System
Has it ever happened to you
that you download a file and have no clue where to find it? Have you
noticed that window that shows you a bunch of folders and the name of your
file but don't pay attention to it and just click save? Well those folders
are part of a not-as-complex-as-you-think system of storage. It's the
windows way of organizing your files. It starts with the basic drives.
Most computers have A: (the floppy disc drive) C: (the hard drive) and
some other letter--usually M: or D:-- (the CD-Rom Drive).
Here is a shot from
Windows Explorer which can be accessed by clicking the start menu with the
RIGHT mouse button and selecting 'Explore'. The A: is the floppy. The C:
is the hard drive. The M: is the CD-Rom and the D: is the Zip drive which
is another form of floppy and has nothing to do with WinZip or .zip files, but I'm getting too far ahead of myself.
Notice the +'s next to each drive. If you click on this or
double click on the drive name, the drive will expand and you will see
Inside of the drive are folders. And inside the folders
are probably more folders. And maybe more folders in those folders! But in
each of those folders there are also files.
If you used AOL to download a file, most likely it's in
the download folder inside of the AOL folder. Here's how to get there...
Start by opening up 'My Computer' (it's probably the first
thing on your desktop.)
Go to C:
Go to America Online 5.0 or 6.0 or whatever version you
Go to download.
If you want to go back from a file into the previous file,
just hit when using My Computer or the button
when downloading a file.
Folder Address Method:
When you want to tell someone
where to put a file, instead of typing "go to __, now go to ___, now
___..." you can do it in a simple address.
Addresses start with the
drive letter and a slash.
After the slash you put the
folder you go into next.
If the destination folder is
inside this folder, then you add a slash and the new folder.
And when you want to show a
file in the folder, you use yet another slash.
Remember to always put the
extension of the file.
Now instead of typing
"Go to the C: drive. Now go to Program Files. Now go to AOL. Now
click on AOL.exe" you can just type "Go to C:/Program Files/AOL/aol.exe"