File Structure on You Computer
run into this a lot so perhaps we need to do a little explaining about
file structure on a windows based computer. We all have files we maybe
downloaded and need to find. Perhaps a photo of your children or
grandchildren we want to share, but we just can't find it. Hopefully
this tutorial will help you learn to do these things.
thing we need to understand is our hard drive. It is physical storage.
Very similar to a filing cabinet. In a filing cabinet we store things
in an orderly fashion.
a filing cabinet we have dividers and folders in or behind more
dividers. Your hard drive is set up very much in the same way. For most
of us we have the one drive and it is the [ C: ] drive.
of the C drive as one large filing cabinet. Inside this cabinet we have
file folders behind dividers. Think of the directory of our hard drive
as the dividers in a filing cabinet. Think of the sub folders as in the
directory as file folders within or behind the dividers. Does this
begin to make sense to you?
like a divider for bills and and one for receipts. Inside of that
divider we have folders for rent,insurance,power bill, phone bill and
I hope I am
making things a little clearer. Maybe I should go on to some examples.
your Start Menu you can go to "My Computer" , using the right click
with the mouse gives us a popup menu. Select "Explore"and we get a new
menu that will allow us to explore our files on your computer.
the slide bar? Placing your mouse on top of the slide bar and holding
the left mouse buttun down will allow us to slide this bar up and down
making it easy to view folders on our hard drive. For most of us we
only have one hard drive and that will be the C drive. If you are like
me and have multiple drives then you will have additional drive
information here as well.
Here you can make sure you are actually on drive C
is an address bar for explorer the same way your browser has an address
bar to tell you what URL you are on. You can always tell where you are
located on your drive here.
The Right shows the folders contained within the folder highlighted on the right. In this case we have the C drive highlighted on the left
and have all the subfolders of the C drive showing in the the pane on the right.
again to the left pane. Notice the tiny little plus signs? Each plus
sign beside a folder indicates that there are subfolders contained
within that folder.
No plus sign beside it indicates thereare no
subfolders but it still can contain files, just no more subfolders within that particular folder.
this example I have clicked a few of the plus signs, changing them into
- signs. This indicates that we are inside of a folder looking at yet
another folder. You can click the minus sign and it close back up to a
+ sign. Expanding or closing folders while exploring your hard drive is
done this way.
I hope this has shed a little light on how file
structure is based on your windows computer. Go ahead and try it on
your computer. As long as you only look through these files you will
not change any settings on your computer. Unless you are sure of what
you are doing or actually need to be in there I would advise against
going into your Program Files folder as well as your Windows folder.