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Navigating the File Explorer Ribbon Interface Windows 8

File Explorer has a type of graphical user interface that is becoming more common. It has a Ribbon. The ribbon runs across the top of the window and offers tabs. You click any tab to access the groups, options, and tools available from it. Each time you click a new tab, what's shown on the ribbon changes. The names of the tabs are mostly intuitive and share attriВ­butes with other ribbon-enabled windows and programs.

THe ribbon is a highly contextual interface. The tabs and options on the ribbon change depending on what you have selected in the Navigation pane. For example, if you click Libraries in the Navigation pane, you see a specific set of tabs on the ribbon that includes File, Home, Share, and View. Library Tools (Manage) also appears. You can see what's under each tab by clicking the tab. If you click a specific item in a library, the tabs change again. If you open a library, for instance the Videos library, you see File, Home, Share View, Library Tools (Manage), and Video Tools (Play).

TIP If you click an option under Favorites you'll see only File, Home, Share, and View.

Navigating the File Explorer Ribbon Interface Windows 8

To understand how to use the ribbon, you must know which tabs will appear most often and what is available under these tabs. When working with libraries and folders, the followВ­ing are the most common tabs you'll encounter.

■ FILE Enables you to open a new File Explorer window or a command prompt, to clear history, to get help, or to access your favorite places for storing data. For the most part, what you see under the File menu is the same no matter what you have selected in the Navigation pane.

Navigating the File Explorer Ribbon Interface Windows 8

HOME Enables you to cut, copy, and paste compatible data available in the window You can also copy the file path, move or copy data, delete data, rename data, create a new folder, and select data, among other things. Options you see here will change depending on what's selected in the folder window.

TROUBLESHOOTING If you don't see a ribbon, but instead see only menu titles, click the arrow located to the left of the Help button and below the red X in the top-righ corner of the window.

SHARE Enables you to send files in an email message, compress (zip) files, burn selected files to a CD or DVD, print, fax, and share with users in your homegroup, among other things and as applicable. (You can't print a video you've selected, for instance, so Print will be dimmed in that case.)

TIP Additional tabs might appear, such as Picture Tools, if you select an item in the open folder or library.

Navigating the File Explorer Ribbon Interface Windows 8

Use the Share tab to choose with whom to share the data, among other things.

VIEW Enables you to change how the files appear in the window (Extra Large Icons, Large Icons, Medium Icons, and so on). You might also be able to hide or show the Navigation pane, Preview pane, and Details pane, choose how to sort the data in the window, and show or hide file name extensions, among other things.

Troubleshooting If you can't see all the tabs, or if the items on the tabs seem condensed, maximize the File Explorer window. If you don't see the ribbon, but instead see only tab names, click the arrow on the Quick Access toolbar at the top of the window and clear Minimize Ribbon.

Navigating the File Explorer Ribbon Interface Windows 8

Manage When you select a library in the Navigation pane, the Manage tab enables you to manage your libraries and the data in them in various ways, including adding access to additional folders.

Navigating the File Explorer Ribbon Interface Windows 8

Tip Rarely, an unexpected tab will appear or a common tab will be missing. For instance, if you click Computer in the Navigation pane, you'll see only three tabs: File, Computer, and View.

In this exercise, you'll explore various tabs on the File Explorer ribbon and use the ribbon to delete the Notepad Text Document file. Later, you'll learn how to use more of the comВ­mands you see on these tabs.

SET UP You need the practice files located in the Chapter04 folder as outlined in the "Using the Practice Files" section at the beginning of this book.

1 Open File Explorer By using any method desired.

2 In the Navigation pane, under Libraries, Click Documents.

3 Click the Home Tab (if applicable).

4 Click one time (do not double-click) the Notepad Text Document File.

Navigating the File Explorer Ribbon Interface Windows 8

5 On the Home Tab, click Delete.

SEE ALSO "Working with Deleted Files and the Recycle Bin," later in this chapter.

CLEAN UP Leave this wi ndow open.

When you select a library or folder from the Navigation pane, you'll have access to its conВ­tents in the contents pane. As you saw in the previous exercise, you can select an item in the folder and perform tasks on it such as deleting a selected file. Sometimes when you select data in the contents pane additional tabs appear. Here, a picture is selected, and a new tab, Picture Tools, is available. From this new tab, you can rotate the picture, set the selected picture as the desktop background, and play a slide show.

SEE ALSO "Setting Up Media Libraries," in Chapter 12, "Having Fun with Multimedia."

Navigating the File Explorer Ribbon Interface Windows 8

Here, a video is selected. The new tab, Video Tools, offers various Play options, includВ­ing the option to add the video to a playlist. You'll learn more about multimedia files in Chapter 12.

Navigating the File Explorer Ribbon Interface Windows 8

To summarize, the ribbon offers the tools you need to perform tasks when working with files, folders, and libraries, and the tabs are named so that you can tell what should be availВ­able from them. For instance, if you want to Share A file by printing it, emailing it, burning it to a CD, or even faxing it, the Share tab offers this functionality. If you want to change how you view files in File Explorer or if you'd like to sort your files, group them, or hide or view specific parts of File Explorer, the View tab offers this functionality. Don't worry if this is all new to you; it's pretty intuitive, and you'll catch on quickly.

TIP In the next few sections you'll learn how to use the tools available under other tabs, including Share and View.


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