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Chapter 6. Using My Computer to Fiddle w... > Workaday File and Folder Maintenance - Pg. 67

Using My Computer to Fiddle with Files and Folders 67 If you misspell the file name or simply change your mind, just hold tight and I'll teach you how to change the file name later in this chapter. If Windows XP complains about a particular character that you try to use, leave it out for now. I'll tell you about the rules for file names a bit later. (In both cases, see the "Renaming a File or Folder" section later in this chapter.) Selecting Files and Folders Before getting to the rest of the file-maintenance fun, you need to know how to select the files or folders that you want to horse around with. Let's begin with the simplest case: selecting a single file or folder. This is a two-step procedure: 1. 2. Open the folder that contains the file or subfolder you want to horse around with. In the ListView panel, click the file's icon. So far, so good. However, there will be plenty of times when you need to deal with two or more files or folders. For example, you might want to herd several files onto a floppy disk. Rather than doing this one item at a time, you can do the whole thing in one fell swoop by first selecting all the items and then moving (or copying, or whatever) them as a group. Windows XP offers the following meth- ods: · Selecting consecutive items--If the files or folders you want to select are listed consecutively, say "Ooh, how convenient!" and then do this: Select the first item, hold down the Shift key, select the last item, and then release Shift. Windows XP kindly does the dirty work of selecting all the items in between. · Selecting nonconsecutive items--If the files or folders you want to select are listed willy-nilly, say "Oy!" and then do this: Select the first item, hold down the Ctrl key, select each of the other