Shortcuts of the week
This week's exciting technology challenge!!!

"How to move or copy ANYTHING (just about) from one place to another in your computer"

"To Copy or to Move?", that is the question.

If you copy a file or a folder from one place to another on your computer, then you will have TWO copies of the same file/folder.

That might sound like a good thing, unless of course you edit this file often or constantly move items in and out of a folder. You might create a VERSION DILEMMA ( not a technical term) . Yikes. Which one is the one you want to use? Where is the other version? Oh no...

You get the idea.

If you copy a file or folder, I suggest that you identify it as a copy of the original. Use a name that will give you a clue as to how it is different than the original or othr descriptive quality. Like "ver2_finance_info_mar_2006.xls" or similar. If that seems like it's too long, just remember how many files you have on your computer that you have no idea what they are! Filenames can be 255 characters in length, so there is no reason to be shy.

How to Copy files and folders using Keyboard Shortcuts

1. Locate the file or folder you wish to copy

2. Select it by (left button) clicking on it.

3. Now that it is selected ( highlighted), hold down the "Ctrl" key (Control key) hint:lower left corner of keyboard

4. Press the "C" key at the same time. So hold down the CTRL key, then press "C" . You have now copied the file/folder you selected. Where is it? Don't worry, it is someplace.

5. Locate the place you want to copy the folder or file TO.

6. Place the mouse cursor where you want to put the copied item, then hold down the "CTRL" key , and press "V" or CTRL+V. That's called pasting.

7. You should be able to see your copied folder or file in the folder or directory that you selected.

8. Congratulations! You have just learned to do something very useful.

note: You can UNDO any copy or move by using another key stroke combination. To UNDO hold down the CTRL key and press the "Z" key, CTRL + Z

Want to SEE how it's done? Watch this!

A movie on copying on pasting


Want to Move those files or folders instead of making copies?

1. Select the folder or file by clicking (left button) on it.

2. Hold down the "CTRL" key, then press the "X" key

3. Your file or folder should have changed colors slightly to indicate it is going someplace else.

4. Locate the place you wish to move the folder or file.

5. Select the folder or directory by placing the cursor on it and left clicking.

6. Hold down the "CTRL" key and then press "V".

7. Your file or folder should appear in the place you selected.

8. If it isn't immediately visible, do not panic. Windows likes to put pasted or copied items at the very bottom of a window or list, rather then sorting it alphabetically right away. Why? I dunno. If you press the "F5" key it will refresh the window's view, then is should be in the expected place.

That's all for this week, friends. Want to impress your friends? Stay tuned for more "Intelligent Computer tricks"