Explorer What's safe/not safe to do

It should be remembered that it is possible to make your computer unusable by misusing Windows Explorer, simply because it is such a powerful tool. Generally it is best to leave C:\Windows alone (or whatever your Windows folder is called). Files in there are used by the operating system and so altering them can cause Windows to stop working.

Whenever you delete a file, Explorer gives you a warning, looking like this: Warning that's displayed when you delete a file This is a good point to think about whether it would really be a good idea to delete the file. Check that the filename is correct for instance.

If you delete something and then decide you wanted it after all, all is not lost. Minimize all windows, and you should see an icon called "Recycle Bin". Double click on this, and a window will appear, looking fairly similar to Explorer. Right-click on the file you want back, and click on "Restore". The file will then disappear from the recycle bin and reappear where it was originally. Do not rely on this, only use it as a last resort. If the Recycle Bin gets too full, click on the "File" menu, then on "Empty Recycle Bin" (after making sure there's nothing left that you want. If you do not do this, the Bin will get fuller and fuller, taking away hard-disk space.

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