Many people seem to have problems installing files to the MS sims. I
suspect a lot of this is due to unfamiliarity with the PC, the standard
Windows functions in particular. At the very least a basic knowledge of
managing files in Windows Explorer is essential.
It occurred to me that it might be an idea to describe the more common
Windows standard functions.
This is the Windows file manager which is used for working with all files
on the various drives on your PC.
It might look daunting at first but once you understand the principles,
managing files is surprisingly simple.
Before going any further please read my Working with Windows article. Open any folder in Windows Explorer & set the Folder Options as described.
Standard Windows Features & Functions
These are common to all versions of Windows. They can also be used in word processors & many other programs/utilities.
To work with files & folders you must first select them. Selected files will change colour. This is known as highlighting.
Single files/folders. To select a single file or folder click on the icon.
Multiple Files/Folders. Click on the first file in the folder.
Then hold down the Shift key & click on another one.
All files/folders. To select all files in a folder use the Edit/Select All menu bar option, keyboard shortcut or one of the above methods.
Once the file(s)/folder(s) are selected, different functions can be performed. In most cases this will involve moving them from one location to another.
There are various methods for using most Windows functions. They can
be selected from the Menu Bar, the Right-click mouse options
or with Keyboard Shortcuts (Hot Keys). I use a variety of all these
methods depending on which function I'm using.
|Function||Menu command||Right Mouse Button||Keyboard Shortcut|
|Copy||Edit/Copy||Right-click on the highlighted file(s) & select the option from the drop-down menu.||Ctrl + C|
|Cut||Edit/Cut||Ctrl + X|
|Paste||Edit/Paste||Ctrl + V|
|Copy to Folder||Edit/Copy to Folder|
|Move to Folder||Edit/Move to Folder|
|Select All||Edit/Select All||Ctrl + A|
|Rename||I find the Right-click/Rename option easiest.
This can also be done from Right-click/Properties.
|Drag & Drop||Click on selected files/folders & drag them to another location while holding down the left mouse button.|
|This feature can be useful in some cases but be careful your
finger doesn't slip off the mouse while using it.
For managing files I normally use the right-click Copy & Paste or Cut & Paste options.
The standard Windows commands can be used for editing text in most word processors, text editors, web pages & e-mails.
To select text for editing, drag the mouse across it to highlight the desired words or paragraphs
|The highlighted text will change colour like this.
(To select all text click Edit/Select All or use the keyboard shortcut.)
|The highlighted text can then be overwitten or edited using the usual
menu bar, right mouse button or keyboard shortcut options.
The most common functions will be Copy, Cut, Paste or Delete. An example of how this feature can be used is shown in my Add a Repaint tute.
|There are many other standard Windows key commands & functions. It's impossible to describe them all so I have listed a few that I think are the most useful for working with the MS flight sims. I find the right mouse click options particularly useful.|
|Working with Windows|
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