Basic Windows Tasks

Copying a Floppy Disk

  1. Run Windows Explorer.
  2. Insert the source disk in the floppy-drive. This is the disk you intend to make a copy of.
  3. Either:
  4. A progress bar will be displayed, indicating how far the process has got so far.
  5. In the Copy Disk dialog box, ensure that the correct source (Copy from) and destination (Copy to) disks are highlighted.
  6. Click Start.
  7. A dialog box entitled Copy Disk will be displayed. Remove the source disk from the drive, and replace it with the target disk.
  8. Click OK.
  9. The progress bar will continue to the end. A message indicating that the copy has been completed will appear in the dialog box.
  10. Remove the disk.
  11. Click Close.

Copying Files Between Floppy Disks

  1. Run Windows Explorer.
  2. Insert the source disk in the floppy-drive. This is the disk you intend to copy files from.
  3. Select the A: drive
  4. Select the files you wish to copy. To select multiple files in one block, select the first file in the list, then hold down the shift key while you click on the last file in the list. If you wish to select multiple files that are not in a continuous block, hold down the CTRL key while you select each file by clicking with the mouse.
  5. Go to the Edit menu and select copy (or cut, if you want to remove the files from the original floppy disk).
  6. Select a temporary location on the C: drive by clicking on the relevant folder in the list on the left-hand side. This might be the root folder (not recommended), or preferably a folder called Temp.
  7. Go to the edit menu and select Paste.
  8. A progress bar will be displayed, indicating how far the copying has got so far.
  9. Remove the floppy disk and replace it with the floppy disk you wish to copy the files to.
  10. Reselect the files in their temporary location on the C: drive.
  11. Go to the Edit menu and select cut (presumably, you don't want to leave them in this temporary location. If you do, select copy instead).
  12. Click on the A: drive.
  13. Go to the Edit menu and select Paste.

Sending a File (Attachment) By Email

  1. Open Outlook
  2. From the File menu select New Message. Alternatively, click the New button in the Toolbar.
  3. Enter the email address in the To: field.
  4. Enter a short (a few words) description in the Subject: field.
  5. Enter your message in the Body: field.
  6. Click on the Insert menu.
  7. Select the file(s) you want to send to send.
    If you wish to send more than one file, select blocks of files by selecting the first file, then hold down the SHIFT key while selecting the last file. If the files are not in a continuous block, hold down the CTRL key while selecting each file.
  8. When you have completed the message, click the Send button in the toolbar.

Transferring Material Between Files and Applications

Note that Windows provides the ability to copy or move information from between different applications. This means you can copy pictures from an art package to a document in a word processor. There are limits to this feature, but it usually works well, even retaining the formatting during the transfer.
  1. Run the application which you normally use to open the file from which you will be taking the material (the source file).
  2. Open the source file.
  3. Select the material you wish to copy.
  4. Select the Edit menu and click Copy if you want to leave the original material in place, or Cut if you want to remove the material from its original place.
  5. You can now close the application that holds the source file.
  6. Run the application which will hold the file you want to transfer the material to (the destination file).
  7. Open the destination file.
  8. Using the mouse or cursor keys, move the cursor (insertion pointer) to the position where the material should be inserted.
  9. Select the Edit menu and click Paste.

Editting a File Without Changing the Original

  1. Open the file you want to change, using the appropriate application.
  2. Make the changes as required.
  3. Ensure you can save the new file to the place you want to save to (e.g. Don't try saving to a CD!)
  4. Click the File menu in the application you are using.
  5. Click Save As.... (Do not click Save).
  6. Navigate to the location where you want to save the file.
  7. Rename the file (if necessary - you only need to give the new file a different name if you are saving it in the same location as the original file).
  8. Click OK.

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