Unit 4.  WindowsXP Explorer (IV)

Copying Files or Folders

Select the element to be copied.

Click on Copy and it will open a dialog box titled Copy Items. If we do not have this button on the tool bar, we can go to the Edit menu and select Copy to Folder... First select the item to copy

Search for the folder to which we will copy the selected element. It works like Windows explorer. If we click on the + that appears on the left, the contents of the folder will be displayed.

Once the folder has been selected, click on Copy.

In the case of not having the folder created to which we want to copy to, click Make new folder, write the name of the new folder and Click OK.

Moving Files or Folders

Moving a file or folder means copying the element to the desired location and then deleting its original location. The following steps are very similar.

Select the file or folder you want to move.

Click on , or Edit --> Move to Folder which will open a new window titled Move Items.

Search for the folder where the element are to be moved to.

Once the folder is selected, click Move.

In the case of not having the folder created to which we want to move the information to, simply click Make New Folder.

Write the name of the new folder.

Click OK.

When moving or copying an item, its name can coincide with the name of a file or folder that is in the destination folder. In this case Windows will ask if we want to substitute the existing file or folder by the new one.


When folder is moved or copied, its entire content is also moved or copied.

To practice these operations we suggest you do the Exercise Copy and move files and folders.

If you would like to learn other ways to copy and move files or folders click on this icon


Changing the name of a File or Folder


Select the file or folder that you want to change the name of.

With the right mouse button click on it.

Select Rename from the shortcut menu, then the name of the file or folder will be highlighted and with the pointer blinking inside the name box.

Write the new name.

Click Enter or click outside the file or folder so that the changes take place.

You can also do this with Remane option from File menu.

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