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Using My Computer to Fiddle with Files and Folders 66 · To view subfolders--Click the plus sign (+) beside the folder name. The plus sign changes to a minus sign (­). · To hide subfolders--Click the minus sign (­) beside the folder name. Workaday File and Folder Maintenance Now that you and My Computer are getting along famously, it's time to put this digital domestic to good use. Specifically, I show you how to use My Computer to perform no fewer than six workaday chores for files and folders: creating, copying, moving, renaming, deleting, and compressing. Creating a New File or Folder If you want to manufacture a shiny, new file for yourself, the best way to go about it is to run the appropriate application and select that program's File, New command. (Note, too, that most pro- grams--including Windows XP's WordPad and Notepad accessories--create a new file for you automatically when you start them.) You then select the File, Save command to save the file to your hard disk. However, it is possible to create a new file within My Computer. Here's how: 1. 2. Open the folder in which you want to create the file. If you're not sure which folder to use, open the handy My Documents folder. Select the File, New command. This displays another menu with at least the following file flavors (your system may have more): · Folder--This command creates a new subfolder. · Shortcut--This command creates a shortcut, which acts as a pointer to a program or docu- ment. (I tell you more about shortcuts in Chapter 25, "Revamping the Start Menu and Task- bar.") · Briefcase--This command creates a Briefcase, which is a special folder you use for trans- ferring files between two computers. See Chapter 16, "Move-able Feast: Windows XP and Your Notebook Computer." · Bitmap Image--This command creates an image file of the same type as those you create using Windows XP's Paint program. See Chapter 10, "Giving Your Right Brain a Workout with Paint." · WordPad Document--This command creates a file of the same type as those you create using Windows XP's WordPad program. See Chapter 14, "Prose Programs: Windows XP's Writing Tools." · Rich Text Document--This command creates a slightly different type of WordPad file. Again, head for Chapter 14 to get more info. · Text Document--This command creates a plain text file that's the same as what you create using the Notepad program. See Chapter 14. · Wave Sound--This command creates a sound file. I tell you more about sound files in Chapter 11, "Sights and Sounds: Music and Other Multimedia." · Compressed (Zipped) Folder--This command creates a special folder that compresses multiple files into a smaller package suitable for sending over the Internet. I talk more about this type of file later in this chapter in the section "Creating a Compressed Folder." Select the type of file you want. Windows XP creates the new file and displays a generic (read: boring) name--such as "New Text Document"--in a text box. Edit the name and then press Enter or click some of the blank real estate inside the window. 3. 4.