Windows Operation Tip

The objects you see on your desktop or say in your Documents folder are called icons.  Icons represent files or folders.

What is the difference between a file and a folder?
Answer: A folder contains files. A folder can also contain more folders within, known as nested folders.

You can think of it as a filing cabinet. A filling cabinet contains folders that hold sheets of paper.

Your PC contains folders that hold files. Files can be things like word processor documents, text documents, photos, videos, music tracks or a program.


An icon can also represent a shortcut. A shortcut is an icon that points to a file or folder.


Icons can be selected in various ways. Windows Explorer is a program that is found in all versions of Windows and is used to navigate to and organize your files and folders.

Here are three examples of how to select files and folders using Windows Explorer.
Each example is shown in "Details" view and "Medium Icons" view:


Select a single icon: Left mouse click on a single icon, this icon is now selected and highlighted (wow!).

 

Details View:

Microsoft Windows Explorer: Photo. Select a single file in details view of various files.

 

 Medium Icons View:

Microsoft Windows Explorer. Single select in Medium Icons view of various files.


Sequential select:
As in the example above click on a single icon. Now hold down the shift key and select another icon from above, below, or to the left or right of the selected icon. All icons between and including the first and last icons are now highlighted and selected.

Details View:

 Microsoft Windows Explorer: sequential select in details view of various files.

Medium Icons View:

Microsoft Windows Explorer: sequential select in Medium Ions view of various files.

Random select: Press and hold down the control key (Ctrl) and click on a single icon. Continue to hold down the Ctrl key and select more icons. This highlights only the icons you select.

Details View:

 Microsoft Windows Explorer: random select in details view of various files.
Medium Icons View:

Microsoft Windows Explorer: randon object select in Medium Icons view of various files. 


Now with the selected icons, right mouse click anywhere within the highlighted areas and a context menu will appear. This menu will allow you to perform various options like Copy, Cut, Delete, Send to, etc.


Right mouse click on selected objects:
Microsoft Windows Explorer: right mouse click on selected highlighed files.