- Using the Explorer Window
- Changing the Explorer Window View
- Opening and Viewing the Computer
- Viewing and Opening Documents
- Opening Recently Used Documents
- Working with Personal Folders
- Navigating Between Folders
- Viewing the Folders List
- Changing the Explorer Layout
- Customizing the Navigation Pane
- Organizing Files by Headings
- Searching for Files and Folders
- Saving a Search
- Changing Search Options
- Performing an Instant Search
- Performing an Advanced Search
- Performing Natural Language Searches
- Adding Properties and Tags to Files
- Modifying the Index to Improve Searches
- Creating and Renaming Files and Folders
- Copying and Moving Files and Folders
- Deleting and Restoring Files and Folders
- Creating a Shortcut to a File or Folder
- Hiding Files and Folders
- Changing Folder Options
- Changing File and Folder List Views
- Customizing Personal Folders
- Sharing Folders or Files with Others
- Compressing Files and Folders
- Managing Files Using a CD or DVD
Customizing the Navigation Pane
The Navigation pane (New!) provides links to commonly used folders and saved searches to reduce the number of clicks it takes to locate a file or folder. Windows Vista provides a default list of favorite links including Documents, Pictures, Music, Recently Changed, and Searches. You can customize the Navigation pane to include the folders or saved searches you want for your everyday use. You can move current links, add or rename folders or save searches, or remove an item. If the Navigation pane gets cluttered, you can restore it back to the original default items and start from there.
Customize the Navigation Pane
Move a link. Drag an item in the Navigation pane to a higher or lower position.
- Add a link. Drag an item from its original location to a position on the Navigation pane. This includes folders from the Folder list at the bottom of the Navigation pane.
- Rename a link. Right-click the item, and then click Rename. Type a new name, and then press Enter. The original folder or search is not renamed, only the Navigation link.
Remove a link. Right-click the item, and then click Remove Link. The original folder or search is not removed, only the Navigation link.
- Restore default links. Right-click a blank area of the Navigation pane, and then click Restore Default Favorite Links.