The personal files on your computer are categorized into Libraries in your file storage. They can be accessed from the File Explorer by expanding "This PC".

  • Documents - word, spreadsheets, PDF, Quicken databases are stored here
  • Pictures - saved photos are stored here, possibly in sub-folders with dates or topics
  • Videos - video files are stored here
  • Music - music and iTunes files are stored here
  • Desktop - shortcuts to frequently accessed programs and websites, and any folders you create on the desktop are stored here
  • Downloads - programs and e-mail attachments that you download are stored here.  Many downloaded files could be moved to Documents or Pictures.

View Options in the File Explorer

  • Select  "View / Preview Pane" to see a thumbnail of the file content when you select the file (single left click)
  • Select "View / Details" to see when a file was last modified, what type its size. 

Organizing your personal files

  • Folders and Sub-folders - A new container for 'like' files can be created (e.g., Finances).   Select "Home / New Folder" and type the name of the folder.
  • Drag and Drop - with the left mouse button, select a file, hold down and move the file into a new Folder or Library
  • Delete old files - Old personal files that you don't want to ever reference again can be deleted.  Select the file with the left mouse button, then touch the delete key on your keyboard.
  • Recycle Bin - Deleted files stay in the Recycle Bin until it is emptied.  The Recycle Bin can be accessed by double clicking its icon on the desktop.

New Computer

  • You will want to copy or backup your files from your old computer to an external USB flash drive. Select a library and right click to SEND TO the flash drive.
  • Once backed up, the flash drive can be plugged into your new computer and copied to their appropriate Library.
  • If you plan to decommission your old computer, you will want to remove all your files, passwords, bookmarks before discarding the old computer.
  • Call Linda for help with decommissioning your old computer, copying your personal files and setting up your new computer.

I am committed to protecting your computers at an affordable price. Thank you for trusting me to keep your computers healthy. Contact us at 239-567-0104 to renew your protection software, join our monthly training program “Learn Computer 101”, or schedule computer and printer help. Be well. 

By Linda Lindquist,  March 6, 2023