Who knew Windows could do that?

NO-TROUBLE NAVIGATION

Add more speed to your desktop manoeuvres with these easy steps.

Close multiple folders quickly

All versions: when you drill down through several nested folders, you open a window for each. You can close all or most of them with a single click by holding down the key as you click the Close box in the upper-right corner of the folder window. Doing so closes the current folder and any open folders above it in the folder hierarchy.

Make instant shortcuts to open folders

All versions: the fastest way to navigate to a file or folder is via a shortcut icon. To create such an icon, select the target file or folder and choose File-Create Shortcut (or right-click and choose Create Shortcut). If you've already opened the folder to which you want to make a shortcut, just drag the folder's icon from the top-left corner, the address bar, or anywhere else, and drop it onto the desktop or the folder in which the shortcut will reside. For another shortcut option, see "Copy, move, or shortcut?" on page 88. Note: for Windows 95, this tip requires Internet Explorer 4's Desktop Update.

Open to a location in a document

All versions: shortcuts can do more than merely link to files, folders, or programs. If you're using Word, Excel, or another application that supports Object Linking and Embedding, you can make a shortcut that will take you to a specific place in a file - great if you work with long documents. The precise method varies by application, but one of these techniques should work: first, open your document and highlight the passage or cell(s) you want to bookmark with a shortcut. Right-click and drag the selection to the desktop or to the folder you desire, then choose Create Document Shortcut Here. If that doesn't work, highlight the selection and choose Edit-Copy. Right-click an empty area on the desktop or in a folder and select Paste Shortcut. Some applications also require you to return to the original document and choose File-Save. The next time you need to consult the desired passage, just launch the document shortcut.

Look before you double-click

Win 2000, Me: are you unsure where a folder shortcut will take you when you double-click it? If you have Windows 2000 or Windows Me, you can find out before you launch it. Click an empty space in the shortcut's container (either the desktop, a folder, or an Explorer view). Instead of selecting the shortcut, just hold the pointer over it for a couple of seconds. An 'info tip' will appear that shows you the path to the target location.

One folder or many?

All versions: do your folders open in a new window or the existing one? If you'd like to change this setting, choose View-Options or View-Folder Options in Windows 9x, or Tools-Folder Options in Windows 2000 and Me. Make sure the Folder tab (Windows 95) or General tab (all other versions) is selected. If you're using Windows 95 with Internet Explorer 4's Desktop Update feature, or Windows 98 or 98 SE, click the Settings button. Now make your choice under 'Browsing options', 'Browse folders as follows', or 'Browse Folders', depending on your version of Windows. Click OK.

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