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Posted on Jul 18, 2015 in Windows 10, Windows Basics | 9 comments

Windows 10 Tutorial 11 – Working With Files and Folders

In this lesson we will be building on some of the skills we developed in the previous lesson by taking a more detailed look at folders and files. We will see how to make your own folders and look at cut, copy and paste.

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Additional notes

What is a zip file? – A zip file behaves similarly to a folder in that it can contain multiple files and folders. Usually, data is packed into a zip file archive for transportation. Files in a zip archive are compressed using clever mathematical algorithms which makes zip files ideal for transporting files across the internet. You can learn more about zip files by checking our working with files tutorial.

You can’t have more than one file or folder with the same name in a folder – Windows needs to tell files apart just the same as you do, so you can’t have two files with the same name in the same folder.

If you try and put a file with the same name as an existing one into the same folder, Windows will show you information about both files and ask you to confirm that you want to replace the original file.

If you try and put a folder with the same name as an existing one into the same folder, the contents of the folders will be merged. Any files which exist inside both folders will be overwritten. If a file is in the source folder but not in the destination folder, it will be moved to the destination. If a file is in the destination folder but not the source folder, it will be left alone.

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  1. After I move a email to a folder it only stays in the folder for about a month or two. What can I do to keep it in the folder until I want to delete it?

  2. I moved photo folders from one computer to another, created a separate folders in new computer with windows 10 to store incoming photos so I could organize. I copy and paste a photo folder named A to an existing photo folder also named A. When I did that the screen came up “do I want it replace folder” exc exc . I simply clicked the X “top right” to exit out but it seems an overide happened anyway and all my existing photos in new computer are gone. These photos from old computer that are gone are 15 years worth of an important event please help restore them. I have not done a backup as the computer is fairly new.

    • Ops photos from NEW computer “existing folder” are gone!

      • Hi Sharon, this should only happen if you try and merge a folder with files that have the same name, and not if you cancel the operation. Are you sure the photos aren’t just in a different folder?

  3. There used to be an option to keep both files and rename one of them on earlier forms of Windows. Is that no longer an option with Windows 10?

    • Yep that option still exists.

  4. Thanks for the information. Quite tricky if you have to check the dates of every file you overwrite.

  5. “Files that exist in both folders will be overwritten”, what about an older file overwriting a younger one with same name?

    • Yes, this can happen, so be careful to check the date stamps on the file.

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