Copying and Pasting

  If you need to move a file from one folder to another, cut and paste, or copy and paste is probably the easiest way to go about it. As an example, say you had received a file from a friend through MSN Messenger™ and as usual, it had been saved to a folder you didn't even know existed instead of directly in say, My Documents, the first thing to do is to locate the file. (In the example, it is in D:\Documents and Settings\Chip\My Documents\My Received Files). Then left click the file to highlight it, then right click it, and select copy from the pop out menu. (see image) Then close folder, and navigate to the folder you want to paste it into, (in the example, C:\My Documents\Place I want to Save stuff DAMNIT). Then right click an empty space between two files, (see image) and select paste from the pop out menu. This will place a copy of the file in the sounds folder. After verifying that it works ok, you can go back to the original folder and delete the original. It is much safer to copy/paste than cut/paste, because you are only dealingwith a copy of the file and not the original. In the case of cut/paste, the procedure is the same, but you are moving the file not copying it, and any accidents could result in you accidentally deleting the file.

  The same procedure can be used with almost any file in any folder, but it is definately NOT a good idea to mess around in the Windows (or WINNT) or program files folders unless you have to, because one accident could stop the computer working at all.


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  The screenshots were taken on Windows 2000 Professional. Although the appearance may vary, the information applies equally to Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows NT Workstation, Windows NT Server, Windows Millennium Edition and Windows XP.(All Versions) I couldn't find a link for any versions of Windows prior to 95A, so umm, if you're still running such a system... can I interest you in a pen and paper? It uses less power, and doesn't crash (KIDDING, I probably *COULD* crash a pen and paper, given enough time).

Phew, Ok, that's enough linking to Microsoft™...D'OH!

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