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File Size

All storage media (hard disks, floppy disks, CDs) measure their capacity in bytes. A byte is approximately the size a one character. Roughly a thousand bytes is a kilobyte (1024 bytes) abbreviated K or KB , a million bytes is a megabyte (abbreviated MB, called "Meg"), and a billion bytes is a gigabyte (abbreviated GB, called "Gig").

File sizes are measured in bytes. That doesn't mean that a 1,000 character essay is going to be 1,000 bytes. All the formatting directions in a document also take up space. You can see the size of your files by looking in My Computer or the Windows Explorer, where the size of the selected file is displayed in the left side of the My Computer window or Explorer Contents pane. When you use the Details view (see Figure 11.1), the size of all the files is listed.


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