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Chapter 6. Using My Computer to Fiddle w... > My, Oh, My: Learning About Your Comp... - Pg. 62

Using My Computer to Fiddle with Files and Folders 62 Navigating to a File One of the most common chores associated with My Computer is navigating through various folders and subfolders to get to a particular file. How you go about this depends on whether the file you want is housed in My Documents (or one of its subfolders) or in some other part of your system. The My Documents route is easiest, so let's start with that. If you're in the My Computer window, click My Documents in the Other Places section. (Remember, however, that you can bypass My Computer and go to My Documents directly by selecting Start, My Documents.) Figure 6.2 shows the My Documents on my system, which is populated with a few of my files. Figure 6.2. Opening a folder reveals the contents of that folder. As you can see, this folder contains a couple of icons that represent subfolders, and the rest of the icons represent files. If the file you want is in one of the subfolders, double-click the subfolder's icon. Repeat this as often as necessary to reach the file you want. If your file isn't in My Documents or one of its subfolders, then you need to hunt it down in some other part of your computer. To do that, follow these steps: 1. In My Computer, double-click the icon for the disk drive that contains the file you want. (If you plan on looking for your file on a floppy drive, CD or DVD drive, or a removable disk drive, be sure you have a disk inside the drive, or Windows XP will reprimand you with an error message.) If Windows doesn't display the contents of the disk drive (for example, you might instead see the message Looking for your programs?), then in the System Tasks section, click the Show the contents of this drive icon. If your file isn't in the current folder, double-click the icon for the subfolder that contains the file. 2. 3.