Lesson 1:Navigating through
Whenever you save a file on your computer, you are saving it to the computer’s
hard drive. The hard drive on your computer is usually the C: drive. To
keep your files organized they are stored in folders .
To keep the folders organized they are stored hierarchically. Below is a
map of a hierarchical structure of
folders. The map shows 4 folders stored within the top
folder. Inside the first of the four folders there are 3 documents. The
important ideas are that to get to a lower level document you have to navigate
through and open the higher level folders because lower level folders (and
files) are stored within a
higher level folder.
A common metaphor used when talking about how files are organized is the
filing cabinet. The filing cabinet metaphor is useful because it demonstrates
that there is a top level drawer (this would be the folder at the top of
our map above) and within that is a folder. A folder can hold another folder
or it can hold a series of documents. The important thing to remember is
that to get to a document in a folder you have to navigate
through the filing cabinet by opening the drawer, opening the folder, and
then pulling out your file.
Like many things on a computer there are multiple ways to perform the same
task. This tutorial will show you how to use Windows Explorer to navigate
to a folder.
Activity 1: Navigating through Folders Using Windows Explorer to Create
a New Folder
In this activity you will be navigating through your folders (directory
structure) to find a folder. You will be opening a higher level folder to
view the contents of a lower level folder.
1. The Finder menu bar is the default menu bar for your desktop. If you
do not see the menu bar click on any empty space on your desktop. Click
on the Go dropdown menu and select Computer.
2. Once you open the window for your Computer, You should see a window
similar to the one below. To view the contents of your hard drive double
click on the icon for Macintosh HD.
3. You will now see a window similar to the window below. To create a new
folder within your Documents folder, double click on the Documents folder to open the folder. Once you have opened the folder the word “Documents"
will appear in the title bar and the contents of the Documents folder will appear in the content pane.
4. Once you have opened the Documents folder you will create
a new folder within the Documents folder by going to the Finder menu and clicking once on File. Then scroll down and click once on New
5. A new folder will appear with the default name “Untitled”
in the content pane for your
Documents folder. However, you will notice that there is a
rectangle around the name “Untitled Folder” and that the text
is highlighted. The rectangle around the name means that you can rename
the folder. When the entire name of the folder (Untitled) is highlighted
that means when you type your new name it will automatically remove and
type over the old folder name.
Name your folder Coursework.
6. You will now create another folder inside of the Coursework folder. Select
your new folder (Coursework) by clicking twice on the title of your new
folder (Coursework). The content pane should now be blank and Coursework
should appear in the title bar.
7. In the Finder menu go to File> New Folder (See step #4 above)
8. Title your new folder CEP 810 (See step #5 above)
Lesson 2: Copying and
Pasting Folder or File
It is important to know
how to copy a file because you can back up a file by copying the file and
pasting a copy onto an external storage device. You could also move a file
by copying the file and pasting it in a new location. There are multiple ways
to copy a file. Below is one way to copy a file. Please read the sidebar for
additional ways to copy a file.
Activity 1: Copying and Pasting a Folder
1. In the content pane once on the “CEP 810”
folder so that it is highlighted . (Remember your “CEP 810”
folder is located inside of your “Coursework” folder and the
Coursework folder is inside the Documents folder.)
2. Go to the Finder menu and click once on Edit. Then scroll down and click
3. To paste the file into another folder, locate and open the folder you
want to paste the file into. We are going to paste the folder onto the desktop.
a. Click on the Desktop.
b. Then go to the main Finder menu and select Edit.
c. Then click on Paste.