Solved How to display Folders and Files in Win 7

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April 10, 2013 at 09:07:45
Specs: Win 7 Pro, Intel i5; 2.67Ghz; 4G RAM
I am a total novice - for emphasis, a TOTAL novice - with Win 7 and I need to copy six files from a flash drive to a Win 7 laptop. How can I display Folders and Files in Windows explorer, like I use to see in XP and other Windows explorers before that?

Everything I've tried provides a structured page of words, probably indicating folders and sub-folders, but not in any way providing what I need. Clicking on anyone of those folders doesn't provide what I want, just more words. Even when I clicked on Local Drive (C), all I got was more words (sub-folders?). Can you help me, in very specific terms, how to display the "old" explorer view?

Or better yet, can you tell me how to copy the six files on my Drive E into a specific folder located somewhere on Drive C?

I have a "Windows 7 For Dummies" book on order. Maybe I should just wait until the book arrives.

Thanks.

Bob K.


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April 10, 2013 at 14:01:10
If you have your flash drive plugged in to the laptop, click the Start button and choose Computer. You should now have two views of the drives on your computer. Icons and letters in the Big window pane and Drive Letters in the column on the left of the page. Click the drive letter you need to look at. There is an arrow in front of the letter that, when clicked, will open a list of folders under the drive letter. If you click the folder it will open the folder to show you what it contains. When you find the folder n the drive that you're looking for on the left, click the icon for your flash drive and that will display what's on the drive in the Big window pane. All you have to do from there is drag the file over to the left pane and drop it in the folder. One at a time or in a group. I would suggest you just do one at a tme for now. Remember when you're done, highlight the flash drive and Right Click. From the menu, use the eject command before you pull it out of the usb slot. Good Luck.....


#1
April 10, 2013 at 09:11:25
I'm still waiting on a screenshot of what you're seeing, and a definition of what you call "normal Folders and Files."

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#2
April 10, 2013 at 09:40:54
Click Computer> Drive letter in question (E)> View> choose Details> Sort by> Name>, Group by> Name.

That should yield the default structure I think you are looking for. If you want more Details then choose details in the view drop down and go through the list.


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#3
April 10, 2013 at 12:59:09
First of all, please recognize that my Win 7 laptop has NO connection to the Internet, so I try to do what you request on the Win 7 laptop and then revert back to my XP computer to ask my questions and respond as requested.

To OtheHilll,

I'm trying to do what you suggest. I finally found "Computer", clicked on Drive C, finally found where I could change the view to details, but couldn't find Sort By, so I'm stuck there. When I say I am a novice, I really mean it.

To Razor2.3,

I struggled to make a screen print on the Win 7 computer, capture it in a file and copy it to my flash drive. Now, I can't figure out how to attach the file it to this thread, as you requested.

There are just too many things I don't know about Win 7 and the same for Computing.Net, and there's too much assumption by others that I know much more than I do. Request me to do something in XP. I can do it in a minutes. Ask me to do something in Win 7, hey, I'm a NOVICE.

I give up. Let's just call it quits for now.


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#4
April 10, 2013 at 13:01:00
What you need is "hands on" help from someone. This sounds like a situation where it is not practicable to sort it on a forum and is sure to require a fair number of words of explanation.

Happy to try but it seems you've thrown the hat in already.

By the way, doing a screen print does not sound the best way forward. If they are pictures then you copy over the picture "files" - that is true whether it is XP or Windows 7. Both have a structure of folders and files (just look a bit different). In essence all you are trying to do is Copy & Paste, or Drag & Drop them from one place to another.

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April 10, 2013 at 14:01:10
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If you have your flash drive plugged in to the laptop, click the Start button and choose Computer. You should now have two views of the drives on your computer. Icons and letters in the Big window pane and Drive Letters in the column on the left of the page. Click the drive letter you need to look at. There is an arrow in front of the letter that, when clicked, will open a list of folders under the drive letter. If you click the folder it will open the folder to show you what it contains. When you find the folder n the drive that you're looking for on the left, click the icon for your flash drive and that will display what's on the drive in the Big window pane. All you have to do from there is drag the file over to the left pane and drop it in the folder. One at a time or in a group. I would suggest you just do one at a tme for now. Remember when you're done, highlight the flash drive and Right Click. From the menu, use the eject command before you pull it out of the usb slot. Good Luck.....

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#6
April 10, 2013 at 18:57:12
To grasshopper -

Your explanation to my problem which I felt was overwhelming was perfect. Not only did you tell me exactly how to copy the files on E to a folder on C, your words and directions help me better understand the characteristics of Windows Explorer with its different appearance from XP. As I read your words, I could feel the patience you had when you wrote it.

Many, many thanks. I feel much more confident now, a giant first step in my efforts to learn Win 7 - and I will learn it in time.

I will not be needing this thread anymore. You've solved my problem.

Thanks,

Bob K.


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#7
April 10, 2013 at 20:16:24
What a nice "thank you" to record... if only all our correspondents were so courteous.

Regards


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#8
April 11, 2013 at 06:06:55
Hi Bob K, Like Ewen said in response #7, it's nice to know that the help we give works and is appreciated. Thank you for the nice reply. I'm glad it worked out for you. Windows 7 is a great operating system, and when you get familiar with it, it's very user friendly. Good Luck to you in the future and if you need more help, just ask.

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April 11, 2013 at 12:19:25
Seems we must avoid taking "Let's just call it quits" too seriously. Nice to see another satisfied customer and a polite one too.

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