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Chapter 6. Using My Computer to Fiddle w... > Launching a Program with the Run Com... - Pg. 74

Using My Computer to Fiddle with Files and Folders 3. Click OK to run the program. 74 Whew! Compared to the Start menu, that's true, calluses-on-the-fingertips manual labor. Bear these points in mind when you're working with the Run dialog box: · Instead of typing the command, you can click the Browse button and choose the program from the Browse dialog box that appears. · If any part of the file name or folder name contains spaces or is longer than eight characters, you have to surround the whole thing with quotation marks. If you're not sure about this, go ahead and add the quotation marks anyway. · Although you normally use Run to enter program files, you can also use Run to enter the name and location of documents, folders, and even World Wide Web addresses. In each case, Win- dows XP launches the appropriate program and loads the item you specified. · Windows XP "remembers" the last few commands you entered in the Run dialog box. If you need to repeat a recent command, drop down the Open list and select the command. · If you have a keyboard with the Windows logo key on it, press +R to display the Run dialog box. The Least You Need to Know · What not to do--Don't muck about with anything inside the drives and folders that Windows XP hides from you (unless someone, like me, has given you very explicit instructions) and don't move, rename, delete, fold, spindle, or mutilate any files that you didn't create yourself. · Selecting a file or folder--You select a file or folder by clicking it. To select multiple files or folders, hold down Ctrl and click each one. · Drag 'til you drop--To drag and drop a file or folder, move the mouse pointer over the item, hold down the right mouse button, move the mouse pointer over the destination, and then release the button. In the shortcut menu that pops up, click either Copy Here or Move Here. · Rename restrictions--When renaming a file (or naming a new file), don't use the following characters: * , \ : " < > ? /. · To burn data to a CD, select the files and folders and then select File, Send To, CD Drive ( D: ) (where D is the drive letter of your CD burner). Then open the CD drive and click Write these files to CD. · To search for a file in My Computer's current folder, either select the View, Explorer Bar, Search command, or click the Search toolbar button. To search all of My Computer (that is, all your disk drives), select Start, Search.