Files, Folders, and Drives

Learn about Windows XP files and folders as well as Windows XP drives in this free lesson.

Creating, renaming, and deleting Files

With Windows XP, you can create a file using different programs such as WordPad or Notepad.

To create a file using Notepad:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Choose All ProgramsAccessoriesNotepad.
  3. Notepad opens.
  4. Type, "This is my new document".
  5. Choose FileSave from the menu bar (Ctrl + S).
  6. The Save As dialog box appears.
  7. Save your file to the desktop.
  8. Name your document new document.
  9. In the Save as type drop-down box, be sure your document is saved as a text document.
  10. Click Save. Your file is now saved to the desktop.
Save As dialog box

Once you've created a file, you can rename it.

To rename a file:

  1. Locate your file (in this case, the file is located on the desktop).
  2. Right-click the file icon.
  3. Choose Rename.
  4. The filename is highlighted in blue, ready to be retyped.
  5. Type a new name, then press Enter.
  6. The file is renamed.
Right-click and choose Rename from the pop-up menu

You can also select Delete from the menu to delete a file.

To delete a file:

  1. Locate your file (in this case, the file is located on the desktop).
  2. Right-click the file icon.
  3. Choose Delete.
  4. A Confirm File Delete dialog box appears asking you if you are sure you want to send the file to the Recycle Bin.
  5. Choose Yes.
  6. The file is moved to the Recycle Bin.

Get into the habit of periodically saving changes to documents you're working on in case of power outages or other problems.