Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
Looking Deep ...into your desktop
Let's really see what! we can find...
Let's start by opening your Windows Explorer, if you don't have a desktop ICON for this, we should make one here, now as you will want to use this feature often, to view your files and folders. At least, once up to speed on what is really going on with your PC you will appreciate shortcuts....myself ICONs in general are key thing with me, as I am into using my computer for all kinds of operations and experiments...using the Classic View too, to navigate is also key to do the task at hand: let's set up the WINDOWS EXPLORER Icon on the DESKTOP first...
CLICK START, in Classic View move your mouse cursor up to PROGRAMS at the top, when it hi-lites, a menu or fly-out opens showing more options....in programs that is, a whole list of great options are now available for you to click on-many items are there and you will probubly want to have them all appear on your desktop eventually, so you do not have to go through all this "clicking" again!
For now just highlite the WINDOWS EXPLORER icon by using the 'mouse over' action and 'right click' . This opens another menu - Choose COPY. Close the whole shebang- you now have this WINDOWS EXPLORER option ready to paste... using the paste option right-click on the desktop and hi-lite PASTE, this applies this icon to your desktop.
Cut and Paste is a beautiful thing but don't cut, use copy and paste. Now your desktop shows a new option to use handily: the WINDOWS EXPLORER option is readily available in ONE CLICK, instead of from the many sub menus you just "toured" through. I hate tours.
Now the fun begins:
CLICK WINDOWS EXPLORER on your desktop, this opens explorer in your USER's DOCUMENTS folder-automatically. These things used to be called DIRECTORIES, but that is topic involving tooooo much IBM Talk so we won't go there right now. To go up one level [one-directory above] using the current VISTA OS Screen Interface or GUI, click on the word to the LEFT of your documents folder in the path field at the top of your current window. If using the account named CHIZBO for example, that would do it, just click on CHIZBO and you are there... Now you should see a whole list of familiar folder names, like CONTACTS, DESKTOP, DOCUMENTS, DOWNLOADS, stuff like that in alphabetical order, usually decending, unless you have messed with your folder "VIEWS" -yet another juicey topic.
Here we have totally confused you yet? Retry this and you will see by default in Windows while in any folder or directory, only files or folders in your account folder that are NOT HIDDEN show up... for the sake of knowledge, let us change all that:
CLICK START, then CLICK SETTINGS [if using Classic View] then click CONTROL PANEL-in the so called 'normal' Vista View under start - just click on "control panel" directly -I'm just so used to WinXP and Win Y2K Pro, I like CLASSIC VIEW], then, once at the Windows CONTROL PANEL . a new GUI should open showing an array of wonderful options with links, for some reason, this is presented to you in the non-classic CONTROL HOME set of options. Again you change this view later by hitting the classic button on the side panel. Hidden in APPEARANCE & PERSONALIZATION is FOLDER OPTIONS....
Go ahead CLICK IT!
More than likely you do not have a short cut on your desktop for this particular folder option screen so click it now, in folder options you are presented the default view as the General TAB for your folders and also there are two others: click the TAB next to the general tab on top which says:
-opening this tab makes a drop down list of check boxes appear, you are presented with conditions of how Windows presents stuff to you when doing multiple tasks...such as EXPLORING FOLDERS etc. -just;click on the box that says: "Show Hidden Files and Folders" and exit out of this routine...
Now, still open is the window that you started in, right the one that has all of your personalized folders, PICTURES, VIDEOS and the like. Above all the mess you have made is a VIEW tab as well. If your hidden files have not shown up yet, click on the view tab and scroll to the bottom of this drop - down menu list and click REFRESH.
APP DATA Shows up now as do other interesting log files!
Hmmmm, what is this all about-hidden files that is?
Now we are getting somewhere so click the APP DATA folder and let's take a look deep, deep - DEEPER into the structure of Windows....
You will see many different folders here depending on what you have been up to...or possibly what others have...there are things like security ID's and data streams as well as processes recorded here for the mirco-kernel to play with BUT for now we will just concentrate on one thing and that is TEMP FILES that may be unused and just sitting in a folder called LOCAL_TEMP. Let's take a look...OPEN the folder LOCAL under APP DATA, now we see TEMP so why not just click on it?
Under the TEMP path or within this folder all kinds of stuff appears, possibly a GIG or more space used by stuff most of us have never seen before. So WHAT you say? Well you are on a new adventrure, what you do or do not do with all this stuff is important; but that will be covered in my next WINDOWS EXPOSE in search of XLOG.exe...if you like this adventure and want more, give me a fixya buzz at antiques4geeks....see ya and whatever you do don't mess with any hidden files until you become an advanced desktop user! Or what I should say is, DO NOT DELETE ANY HIDDEN FILES without proper understanding of what's up with this stuff as there are configuration settings and other files here in APP DATA that are crucial to the system's well being, knowledge is key until of course we dig a little DEEPER into the windows file structure to learn more about what is really goin on....key looggers and other spyware reside in hidden files, I do not want to scare you but it is important to know what you are really up against while in a Windows Session online...all for now
This has been a trip ya? Bye.
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