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Windows® 7 Inside Out, Deluxe Edition by Carl Siechert Ed Bott and Craig Stinson

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Chapter 9. Organizing Files and Information

Mastering Windows Explorer

Working with Libraries

Using Compressed (Zipped) Folders

Arranging Data in Windows Explorer

Managing File Properties and Metadata

IN the beginning, there was the command prompt, which begat drive letters and path names. In those dark days, when floppy disks ruled the PC world and file names were a mere eight characters long with three-letter extensions, finding your stuff wasn’t a particularly difficult task.

Today, thanks to long file names, rich file properties, and customizable metadata—not to mention multiterabyte data drives—the challenges of organizing data are considerably tougher. The robust search capabilities built in to Windows 7 (which we discuss in more detail in Chapter 10 ...

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