Lesson 8: In this lesson we will learn how
to modify files that you have previously created.
By the end of this tutorial, you will:
Understand Microsoft Windows 2000
Be able to use the mouse and keyboard
Understand the Desktop and Start Menu
Understand how to use the window
Be able to navigate through dialog boxes
Learn how to use the Help system
Manage disks and files
Create and utilize folders
Explore the Internet
Learn how to properly shut-down Windows
Lesson 8: Modifying Files
Moving a file takes it from one location and changes its home to another
Copying a file leaves the original file in place and makes a duplicate
copy, which is placed in the secondary location.
Purpose of Delete Command
There will come a point when you will decide you do not wish to have a
file stored on your computer any more. Sometimes this is caused by a lack of storage
space on the disk (floppy or hard). Getting rid of a file is called deleting it.
There are two methods for deleting files.
There is a keystroke shortcut and there is also a mouse-driven method to complete the same
task. It does not matter which method you choose.
What happens to deleted
When you delete a file you are actually compressing it and moving it to a
new storage location call the Recycle Bin. Notice it is not called a trash can. This is
because the files are not deleted off the computer until the user goes through and empties
out the bin. It gives the user one more chance to not restore a file from the computer, in
case it was deleted accidentally. This all also applies to folders (and the files they
When there is trash pictured in the Recycle Bin icon, there are files and/or
folders waiting to be deleted from the bin. When the icon shows an empty bin, that means
all contents have been permanently deleted from computers memory. Occasionally, a
file cannot be stored in the Recycle Bin. When this is the case, a warning message will
alert you to this fact, and ask if you wish to permanently delete the file. It is
important to note that deleting files from a floppy disk will permanently removed the
file, it will not appear in the Recycle Bin first.
If you choose to recover a file it will be sent back to its original location and
function as it previously did.
How to Rename a File
Right-Click on the file you wish to rename.
from Pull Down Menu.
Type the new name for the file, and press Enter.
You've now changed the file name.
Generally speaking, you do not want to change or delete the 3 letter file extension.
In fact, the computer will generate a warning if you accidentally change the
Why Backup your files?
Many believe electronic storage is a fail-safe method, however it is
certainly not. The user must be proactive in setting up a way to recover the files should
the computers storage system fail. This is commonly done through the backup
Often, floppy disks are utilized to save the back-up copy of the hard drive files. You
will get to explore this during your hands-on activities.