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 folders

At some point, you may want to create a folder within a folder. Here, practice creating a Job Search folder in the My Documents folder.

To create a new folder in the My Documents folder:

  1. Open My Documents.
  2. Choose FileNewFolder.
  3. A new folder icon appears in My Documents, with its name highlighted. (The default is New Folder.)
  4. Type a new, more descriptive name, then click Enter.
Creating a new folder via the File menu

OR

  1. Open My Documents.
  2. Choose the Make a New Folder link from the File and Folder tasks menu.
Make a new folder link

To rename a folder:

  1. Locate your folder.
  2. Right-click the folder icon.
  3. Choose Rename.
  4. The folder name is highlighted in blue, ready to be retyped.
  5. Type a new name, then press Enter.

OR

  1. Open your folder.
  2. Click the folder icon.
  3. Choose Rename this folder from the File and Folder Tasks menu.

To delete a folder:

  1. Locate your folder.
  2. Right-click the folder icon.
  3. Choose Delete.
  4. A Confirm Folder 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 folder is moved to the Recycle Bin.

OR

  1. Open your folder.
  2. Click the folder icon.
  3. Choose Delete this folder from the File and Folder Tasks menu.
File and Folder Tasks menu