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How to Create New Folders and Rename Folders
Using Windows Explorer


Please Note!  For the following procedures, each time I say click on, I mean click the left mouse button once; when I say right click on, I mean click the right mouse button once; and when I say double click on, I mean click the left mouse button twice close together (with very little time between the two clicks).  When I refer to the cursor or pointer, I am talking about the object that moves around on your screen when you move the mouse around on the mouse pad.


OK, the first thing we have to do is learn How to Open Windows Explorer.

  1. First, click on Start in the lower left-hand corner of the desktop screen as seen in the following picture.

    Clicking on Start

  2. Then move your mouse cursor (pointer) up onto Programs as seen below.  There is a triangular arrow on the right of the word Programs, which means that there are several choices (programs) to choose from (not just one choice or program).  Notice that the word 'Programs' is now Highlighted, that the background color has changed to blue, and the words and symbols to white.  Also notice that another pop up menu has appeared on the right.  But if a pop up menu does not automatically come up on the right when your cursor is over Programs (or any of the other choices that have a triangular arrow to the right), then just click anywhere on the highlighted area and the menu will appear.

    Notice that Help does not have a triangular arrow on the right, so clicking on Help will only bring up the one Help Program for your version of Windows (there are no other choices).

    Placing the mouse cursor over the choice Programs

  3. Next, move your cursor over to the right and onto Windows Explorer, like in the picture below.

    Placing the mouse cursor over the choice Windows Explorer and then clicking on it

  4. Now click on Windows Explorer and a program similar to the one in the picture below will open.

    This is Windows Explorer


Now we are ready to Create a Folder where the cursor is pointing above, on drive (C:).  (If you need information about determining which drives are hard drives, etc, click HERE.)

  1. Click directly on (C:), so that it is highlighted (colored) as seen in the picture below.

    Highlighting drive (C:)

  2. Now move your mouse pointer up to the word File in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, as seen in the following picture.

    Moving the mouse cursor up to the word File

  3. Now click on the word File and another pop up menu will appear, as seen in the next picture.

    Clicking on the word File

  4. Then move the cursor downward onto the word New, as seen in the next picture below.  Notice that New becomes highlighted and another menu pops up to the right.

    Moving the mouse cursor down and over the word New

  5. Next move your mouse pointer to the right and choose (click on) Folder, as seen in the following picture.

    Moving the mouse cursor over to the word Folder and clicking on it

    You will now see a highlighted rectangle with the words New Folder in it on the right, as seen in the following picture.  This is a Text Box that you can type in.  If you start typing while it is highlighted as seen in this picture, then what you type will take the place of the words New Folder.

    Created a folder called New Folder in a text box

  6. OK, let's type in the word Downloads, and then either hit the Enter Key, or click the left mouse button when the pointer (cursor) is out away from any words on the screen, as seen in the following picture.

    Changing the name of the folder from New Folder to Downloads in the text box

    Now it should say Downloads, as in the picture below.  It may still be highlighted, but it is no longer in the rectangular text box.

    Hitting the Enter Key closes the text box but leaves the folder highlighted


Sometimes Windows Explorer is a little slow to record what you have changed.  For example, the picture below is the same as the picture above except that I have added a red arrow to show that Windows Explorer has not yet changed the name from New Folder to Downloads on the left side.  So you need to Refresh Windows Explorer!

New Folder still appears on the left side of Windows Explorer

You know the Folder has been changed from New Folder (which is the default name, if you don't name it) to Downloads.  But as you can see you need to Refresh Windows Explorer's Memory.

So move your mouse pointer (cursor) up to the word View at the top of the screen, and then click on it.  The 2 pictures below show the 2 steps of this procedure.  Notice that another pop up menu appears when you click on View.

Moving the mouse cursor up and onto the word View  Clicking on the word View

Now move your mouse pointer down to the word Refresh and click on it, as shown in the first picture below.  Notice that Windows Explorer now is aware (hopefully) that you really have changed the name to Downloads, and it will look like the second picture below (of course, minus a red mouse pointer ).

Moving the mouse cursor down and onto the word Refresh and then clicking on it  After refreshing Windows Explorer the name Downloads finally appears on the left


Now let's suppose that you want to change the folder's name again.  You've decided to call it Catchall instead (which means a place for everything you collect and want to be able to find again later).

  1. Just click on the Folder Downloads and it becomes highlighted, as seen in the next picture.  Notice that there are no files showing on the right because the Downloads Folder is empty since we have just created it.

    Clicking on the Downloads Folder once to highlight it

  2. Now click on it again.  Notice that the word Downloads is now highlighted in a text box.  So you can now start typing in the word Catchall, as seen in the next picture.  Notice that when the words are highlighted in color and you start typing, then the other letters disappear and the new letters you are typing automatically take their place.

    Clicking a second time on the Downloads Folder to highlight it into a text box

  3. After you have typed in the new name, Catchall, for this folder, hit Enter.  The name changes as seen in the following 2 pictures.  Remember!  If you don't see it change to the way you have now typed it, then you may have to Refresh Windows Explorer again.

Changed Downloads Folder to Catchall Folder in the text box  Hitting Enter removes the text box and saves the name Catchall Folder


So how would you now Create a Folder called Saved Games that is stored within your Catchall Folder?

Well, you first click on the Catchall Folder so that it is highlighted, as seen in the following picture.  Notice that the yellow folder to the left of the word Catchall is open.  This means that the new folder that you are going to create will be going into the Catchall folder.  Also notice that there is no little plus sign [+] to the left of the folder icon (the little picture of a folder) that is next to the Catchall folder.

Clicking on the Catchall Folder opens and highlights it

Now follow steps 2 through 6 above under Creating a Folder, but in the last step (step number 6) you type in Saved Games.  And then hit the Enter Key, so that it now appears as seen in the picture below.

The Catchall Folder now contains the Saved Games Folder

Notice that there is now a tiny Plus Sign [+] in a small square to the left of the Catchall Folder.  That means that there are now one or more folders inside the Catchall folder.  If you click on this plus sign it will show you what those folders are.

Now click on the plus sign and notice that it changes to a tiny Minus Sign [-], and you should also now see, listed beneath and indented to the right, the Saved Games Folder.  Notice that there is no Plus Sign to the left of the Saved Games Folder because there are no other folders inside it yet.

Remember that whenever there is a Plus Sign to the left that means there are other folders inside the folder.  When you click on the Plus Sign, it changes to a Minus Sign, and shows you all of the folders that are inside (it lists them below the folder and indented to the right).  Then if you click on the Minus Sign, the contents of the folder will no longer be listed underneath.  But don't worry, they haven't vanished forever!  When you click on the Plus Sign again, Voila!  They reappear underneath.

Again Remember!  You may have to Refresh Windows Explorer so that you can see, for a fact, that the change has actually happened the way you wanted it to.


Correcting an Error in the Folders Name:  Now let's imagine that one letter needs to be changed in the title of the New Folder you created, because you misspelled it.  Click on the Saved Games Folder once, then wait a second (pause), and then click on the Saved Games Folder again (we don't want the two clicks to be too close together because that might result in a double click).  We can change the name of this folder on either the right or left side of Windows Explorer.  Notice in the following 2 pictures that the words Saved Games have now become highlighted in a rectangular text box.

Can change the name of a folder on the right side in Windows Explorer  Can also change the name of a folder on the left side in Windows Explorer

Now type Sabed Games and hit the Enter Key.  Oops, you misspelled it and you don't want to have to type the whole thing over again, so do this:  Click on the Sabed Games Folder once, wait a second, and then click on it again so that Sabed Games is now in a text box, as seen in the second picture below.

Clicking on the misspelled folder Sabed Games highlights it  Clicking on the folder Sabed Games a second time highlights it in a text box

We next use either the left or right arrow keys on the keyboard to move the blinking cursor over to where the error is, and then correct it.  In this case, use the left arrow key to move the cursor over in front of the b.  You correct it now by deleting the b and then typing a v in its place, as shown in the two pictures below.  Then hit the Enter key and the correction has been made.

Moving the text cursor to the left of the incorrect letter b  Deleting the b and replacing it with the correct letter v

Now after you have made all the necessary changes indicated above, and have Refreshed Windows Explorer, you should find that the spelling error has been corrected and now appears as it does in the picture below.

Hitting the Enter Key and refreshing Windows Explorer shows that the name of the folder has been corrected


A Homework Assignment:  Using the information above, create a new folder inside the Saved Games Folder called Schizm.  In another lesson I will show you how to download a saved game for the game Schizm from an email (or from some website) into this Folder.

Another Homework Assignment:  Again using the information above, create a new folder inside the Catchall Folder called Patches.  You will find this folder useful for many games that require a patch.


Write to Mr. Bill if you have any difficulty with the above lesson.


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