Organizing Your Digital Media: Using Windows
Working with folders and files on Windows
Microsoft Windows Explorer (not to be confused with Internet Explorer) is the file navigation user interface for Windows. It is similar (though not identical) to the Macintosh Finder interface. This section covers Windows Explorer, including these topics:
Explorer allows you to view and manage folders and files. It provides several viewing options. (Note: the following screenshots are of Windows 7. Click on a screenshot to see it full size.)
List view displays a list of files and their properties. A toolbar appears at the top of the window.
Change the view of the list by clicking the file view icon at the top-right of the window (indicated below by a magenta ellipse), and a popup menu appears with View options. Icon views (thumbnails) are useful for image files.
Adjust options for the overall window layout by clicking on Organize in the toolbar and choosing Layout.
If the Menu bar isn't currently checked, choose Menu bar so that it will appear above the toolbar.
Select a file and choose File > Properties to see more information about the file.
You can view metadata by clicking on on the Details tab. You can rate a photo by assigning it one to five stars.
To change the default program used to open a file, go to the General tab of the properties menu. Alternatively you can right-click the file, choose Open with, and Choose default program.
Click OK to close the Properties dialog box.
Windows Libraries and Searching
The left pane of the window provides access to locations on your computer or connected to it. The Libraries section allows you to quickly search a groups of similar items, such as documents, music, or pictures, that may be from multiple locations (libraries do not actually contain the files but point to them).
The Libraries section can be customized so that you associate any folders you wish to a particular libraray. You can also create libraries in addition to the default libraries. (For more information, see Working with Libraries on the Microsoft website.)
You can quickly search a folder or library by selecting it and then entering search terms in the search box in the upper-right corner of the Explorer window. Search terms are highlighted in your search results as they appear. You can also add search filters to modify your search.
For more information about libraries and searching (including a video demonstration), see the following page on the Microsoft website: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/help/files-folders-search