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Chapter 3. Managing Files and Folders > Viewing the Folders List

Viewing the Folders List

Windows XP offers a useful feature for managing files and folders, called the Folders list (also known as the Folders Explorer bar). The Folders list displays the window in two panes, or frames, which allows you to view information from two different locations. The left pane of the Folders list displays the file hierarchy of all the drives and folders on the computer, and the right pane displays the contents of the selected drive or folder. This arrangement enables you to view the file hierarchy of your computer and the contents of a folder simultaneously making it easy to copy, move, delete, and rename files and folders. Using the plus sign (+) and the minus sign (-) to the left of an icon in the Folders list allows you to display different levels of the drives and folders on your computer without opening and displaying the contents of each folder.

View the Folders List

Open any folder window.

Click the Folders button on the toolbar.

TIMESAVER Press the Windows key+E to open My Computer with the Folders list.

Perform the commands you want to display folder structure and contents:

  • To show the file and folder structure, click the plus sign (+).

  • To hide the file and folder structure, click the minus sign (-).

  • To display the contents of a folder, click the folder icon.

When you're done, click the Close button.


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