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How to Move (Copy) A Downloaded File From
A Storage Folder To Where You Need It Using Windows Explorer


In the 2 previous lessons you learned how to Create and Rename Folders using Windows Explorer, and how to get Downloaded files into those Storage Folders.  Now you will always know where to look when you need the files that you downloaded.


If you haven't learned how to Create Folders or Rename Folders using Windows Explorer, then Click Here to learn these skills.

If you haven't learned how to Download files from email or websites, then Click Here to learn these skills.


In this lesson you will be learning how to move files or folders from one folder into another folder using Windows Explorer.

As our example, we will be moving the saved game file for the game Schizm (Schizm.s08) from the storage folder that we downloaded it into (After Matia Island Bridge) over to and into the Schizm game folder itself (Schizm CD).  In other words, we're moving it to where we want to use it.


Let's begin by opening Windows Explorer (Click on Start, Programs, Windows Explorer).  If you need help opening and using Windows Explorer, please Click Here.

The following picture shows Windows Explorer when it is first opened.  Notice that Drive (C:) is highlighted.  That means that it is open, and all of its contents (both its folders and its files) are being shown on the right hand side in the following Windows Explorer screen.

If it's a file, it will have what is called an extension, that is it will end in a dot plus 3 letters and/or numbers.  For example, remember that our Schizm saved game file (Schizm.s08) ends in .s08 (that's its extension).  A folder will have a little picture (icon) of a folder to the left of its name and will not have an extension.  Remember that folders hold things and files do something.  The extension on a file is simply a code to tell the computer what program this file belongs to and what it's supposed to do (for example: Word files have the extension .doc, which means document:  that is, it's an information file).

Also note that the mouse pointer is on the small square (which contains a minus sign) that is to the left of the highlighted Drive (C:).  A minus sign in this little square also indicates that Drive (C:) is open, and is displaying all of its folders (but not its files) on the left side of this Windows Explorer screen.

The next step is to find the saved game file (Schizm.s08) that we downloaded from an email in the previous lesson.

First, locate and place the mouse pointer over the Catchall Folder, as seen in the following picture, and Double Click on it (this Folder was created in a previous lesson).

Double clicking on the Catchall Folder caused it to open and show its contents on both the left and right sides of Windows Explorer, as seen in the picture below.  Now we can see that the Catchall Folder contains 2 folders:  a Patches Folder and a Saved Games Folder (both of which we created in a previous lesson).

Place the mouse pointer over the Saved Games Folder, as seen in the picture below, and Double Click on it.  This will open the Saved Games Folder and show its contents on both the left and right sides of Windows Explorer.

In the picture below, the Saved Games Folder is now open and, as we can see, it contains only one folder:  the Schizm Folder.  Place your mouse pointer over the Schizm Folder (as in the picture below) and Double Click on it.  This will open the Schizm Folder and show its contents on both the left and right sides of Windows Explorer.

In the picture below the Schizm Folder is now open.  We can see that the Schizm Folder contains only one folder, the After Matia Island Bridge Folder.

Now After Matia Island Bridge may look like a long name to have on a folder, but we're using that name because it describes exactly where this saved game is useful.  Some people reach a place in the game Schizm where they have to solve a very difficult puzzle in order to get across a bridge and go on with the game.  If they are unable to solve this puzzle, then they can't finish the game.  But this saved game is just after the solving of the bridge puzzle.  So when this saved game is placed into their Game Folder, they will then be able to continue with the game.  That is what we are doing in this lesson.

OK, now place the mouse pointer over the After Matia Island Bridge Folder (as in the picture below) and click on it.  Double clicking is not necessary since there are no other folders within this folder, only our saved game file.  The way we know there are no other folders inside is because we see that there is no small square with a plus sign inside it to the left of this folder.

In the picture below, the After Matia Island Bridge Folder is now open.  Notice the saved game Schizm.s08 inside is now showing (just above the mouse pointer on the right).  This is the saved game that we will be moving into the Schizm Game Folder so that we can continue playing the game.

Now you could have also found the saved game by just clicking on the Plus Signs in the little squares to the left of the Folders, rather than double clicking on each of the folders.  Some people may have difficulty with double clicking and prefer using these plus and minus signs instead.

This is illustrated in the picture below.  In it I have already clicked on the plus sign in front of the Catchall Folder, and then on the one in front of the Saved Games Folder, and finally on the one in front of the Schizm Folder.

But notice that when you do it this way (clicking on the Plus Signs), it does not highlight the names of the folders, or open the little yellow folder icons to the left of the name.  Therefore Drive (C:) is still highlighted, and only its contents are still being shown on the right hand side of the Windows Explorer screen.

So now let's place our mouse pointer over the After Matia Island Bridge Folder and click on it just once, like we did before when we found it the other way.

The result of clicking on the After Matia Island Bridge Folder can be seen in the picture below.  Notice that we are basically back to where we were a few moments ago when we were double clicking on the folders in order to locate our Schizm.s08 saved game.

By the way, the .s08 extension on the saved game simply means that this particular saved game was the 8th saved game of the person that emailed it to you (the s stands for save, and the 08 means it was the 8th save).

But you may have more or fewer saves at that point in the game.  So before we move this saved game into your Schizm Game Folder, we need to see how many saves you already have in your game folder.

For example, if you already have 10 saved games, then your highest named saved game will be called Schizm.s10.  And so you would not want to put the Schizm.s08 saved game into your game folder until you had renamed it to Schizm.s11.

Because if you move it without changing its name, then it will end up replacing your own Schizm.s08 saved game with this new saved game.  In addition all of your saved games will be out of sequence in time.  In other words, your 8th saved game would then take place later in the game than your 9th and 10th saved games.  Also if you lose your own 8th saved game, it will make it difficult for you to go back to the time period of that lost saved game should you discover later that you need to (for example, to look for something that you may have missed).

So now we need to find the Schizm game folder, which is named Schizm CD.  (NOTE: if you are playing the DVD version of this game, then the folder's name will simply be Schizm.)

If we move down on the left-hand side of the Windows Explorer Screen (as seen in the following picture), we will see the Schizm CD folder.  Place your mouse pointer over it and click on it.  Notice that the Schizm saved games that are inside now appear on the right of the screen.

In the following picture I have highlighted the saved games in the Schizm CD Folder.  Notice that the highest numbered saved game here is Schizm.s06.  So we must change the name of the saved game that we are going to move into this folder from Schizm.s08 to Schizm.s07, so that it will be the next in sequence to our previous saved games.

Now that we know that, we need to go back up to the After Matia Island Bridge Folder and click on it so that we can once again see our Schizm.s08 saved game on the right-hand side of the Window Explorer screen (as seen in the picture below).

The next few pictures will show all of the necessary steps to rename the saved game that we will soon be moving into our game folder.

First click on the Schizm.s08 saved game to highlight it as seen in the picture below.

Next click on it again so that it shows a highlighted Text Box around the name Schizm.s08 (as seen in the first of the 2 pictures below), but Do Not start typing yet!  Because if you do the whole name will disappear and, depending on the complexity of the name of this file or folder, you might forget what it was named before and not know what to type back in.

So the safe way to rename it is to use the left arrow key to move the cursor to the left, one space, so that it looks like the second picture below.  Notice that the highlighting has disappeared.

 

In the next 3 pictures, you can see the finishing of the renaming process.  The 1st picture shows deleting the 8, the 2nd picture shows typing in the 7, and the 3rd picture then shows removing the text box from around the name by hitting the Enter Key.  Now this saved game is ready to be moved into our Schizm game folder.

   

In the following picture you will see 3 red arrows.  One of the red arrows is pointing to the saved game Schizm.s07 that is in the After Matia Island Bridge folder.  This is the file that we will be moving From Here to the Schizm CD game folder where another red arrow says To Here.

However this is quite a distance to move the saved game file:  all the way from the top right to the bottom left.  Notice the red mouse cursor on what is called the scroll bar in the center of the picture.  From a previous lesson, you know that we can click on the black triangular arrows at the bottom or the top of this scroll bar.  This will move the contents of the left side of Windows Explorer in relation to the contents on the right side (which do not move).

But there is another way to do the same thing.  Click on the scroll bar itself (where the red cursor is in the picture below) and, while holding the left mouse button down, drag the scroll bar downward.  This brings the Schizm CD folder on the left side upward and closer to where the saved game is located on the right side.

In the following picture you can see that we have now moved the Schizm CD folder on the left upward and closer to where the Schizm.s07 saved game is located on the right.

Yes, it is possible to get them directly opposite one another, but not in this example.  That depends on how many folders you have on drive (C:), and how many of those folders are open on the left side of the Windows Explorer screen.  (If you wish to experiment with this, just open some more folders on the left below the Schizm CD folder, and then see if you can now move the scroll bar enough to get them directly opposite one another.)

Now, at long last, we are ready to move the saved game from its Storage Folder into the Game Folder itself, where we want to use it.

OK, Right Click on the Schizm.s07 saved game file and (keeping the right mouse button pressed down) drag the Schizm.s07 saved game downward and over to the left, until it is over the Schizm CD game folder (as seen in the 4 pictures that follow).

This process is called Click and Drag.  Click and Drag can be done with either the Left or the Right mouse button, but in this example we need to use the Right mouse button.  (Note:  When clicking and dragging on a scroll bar, only the left mouse button will work.)







When the mouse cursor is over the Schizm CD Game Folder, let go of the right mouse button.  A small menu will pop up, as in the picture below.  If the saved game has highlighted the Schizm CD game folder, then click on CopyDo Not click on Move.  If you are not sure that you have the saved game going into the correct folder, then just click on Cancel and try the move again.

The reason that you use Copy, instead of Move, is so that you leave a Backup Copy of this saved game file in your Storage Folder in case you need it again for some reason (perhaps to send to one of your friends so that they can get past that same difficult puzzle).

This is also the reason why we used the Right mouse button to Click and Drag the file, instead of the Left mouse button:  if we had used the Left mouse button, it would have simply moved the file instead of allowing us to copy it.

Now go back up to where you took this file from, and notice (in the picture below, at end of mouse pointer) that the Schizm.s07 saved game is still in its Storage Folder, After Matia Island Bridge.  That is your Backup Copy.

NOTE: You can see the entire Pathway that we took to get to our saved game file in the area that I have colored red (Drive C contains the Catchall folder, which contains the Saved Games Folder, which contains the Schizm Folder, which contains the After Matia Island Bridge Folder, which stores the Schizm.s07 saved game File).

Now click on the Schizm CD Game Folder (as seen in the picture below), and notice (on the right side and to the left of the red arrow) that now there is also a copy of the Schizm.s07 saved game in your Game Folder.

So finally, at long last, you should now be able to continue playing your game.

Hurray!


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