File Management Made Simple, Windows Edition

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File Management Made Simple, Windows Edition by Joseph Moran

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Thanks for buying File Management Made Simple, Windows Edition. This book is for anyone who wants to learn how to take control of how files are created, organized, utilized, secured, and backed up on a PC.


I’ve tried to keep jargon to a minimum, so you don’t need to be a tech expert to benefit from this book. Within these pages you’ll find information that applies to the two most recent versions of Windows—Windows 8.1 as well as Windows 10, which was released while this book was being written.


What You’ll Learn

Chapter 1, Let’s Go Exploring, looks at the anatomy and features of File Explorer, Windows’ built-in file management tool. This chapter also outlines the standard set of folders that Windows provides for storage of different kinds of files.


Chapter 2, Working with Files, explains the difference between files and folders and how each can be named. This chapter also covers some basic file management tasks, including how to select files or folders and how to copy, move, or rename them.


Chapter 3, Keeping Files and Folders Organized, explains how to use Libraries to keep track of files and folders stored in different places on a PC. It also includes tips on how to best to download and open files from websites and email, and how to ensure work file changes aren’t lost when an application crashes.


Chapter 4, Managing and Protecting Files with User Accounts, discusses the different types of user accounts available in Windows, and why it’s important that each user of a PC has his or her own user account (as opposed to everyone sharing one acount).


Chapter 5, Managing and Reclaiming Disk Space, explores why your PC might run low on disk space, how to determine how disk space is being used, and how to free up disk space.


Chapter 6, Working with File Types and Programs (Apps), looks at file extensions and how they’re used to determine what program a file will open in. This chapter also shows how to change the default program that opens a particular type of file.


Chapter 7, Searching for Files, is a detailed look at Windows’ file search capability, which can allow you to efficiently find a file you’re looking for via keyword, date, type, and other characteristics.


Chapter 8, Cloud Storage and Transporting Files, looks at how online storage can allow you to augment the storage capacity of your PC, synchronize files across multiple PCs, and share large files that are not easily shared by other means (e.g., via email). This chapter also looks at more conventional ways of moving files from Point A to Point B, such as USB storage devices and optical (DVD or Blu-ray) discs.


Chapter 9, Managing Open Files and Windows, explores ways to keep frequently used files close at hand, such as by pinning them to the taskbar. This chapter also highlights ways to work efficiently with multiple files at the same time by easily switching between open files or displaying up to four files on screen simultaneously.


Chapter 10, Sharing Files on a Home Network, shows how to share files across mulitple Windows PCs via a network, including setting up a HomeGroup, connecting USB storage to your Wi-Fi router, or adding a home server to your network.


Chapter 11, Backing Up Your Files, explains how to protect your files from loss or damage by backing them up to an external hard drive using Windows’ File History feature. It also discusses alternative backup methods, including backing up to a remote server via an online service.


Chapter 12, Keeping Your Personal Data Secure via Encryption, discusses Windows’ encryption features Device Encryption and BitLocker, as well as third-party options that can ensure that your files are protected against unauthorized access in the event that your PC is lost or stolen.


Chapter 13, Transfer Your Files to a New PC, outlines various options to get files from a PC running an older version of Windows to one with a newer version, including File History, Windows Easy Transfer, and third-party tools.


Chapter 14, Properly Disposing of an Old PC, outlines the steps that you should take before selling, donating, or otherwise disposing of a PC to ensure that no one will be able to recover and view the personal files you once had stored on it.


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