My Computer

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"My Computer," or simply "Computer" refers to the general navigation pane through your operating system. It can be accessed through the Start Menu: MyComputer.png
And when opened will look like this: MyComputer2.PNG


Managing your PC with My Computer

Your system and applications are located in file folders inside your computer icon (“Computer”). Do NOT move or delete these files. To correctly remove or uninstall an application, use the control panel.

If you want an icon for an application on your desktop you can create an “Alias” for it by selecting it and dragging the icon to the desktop. The Alias icon can then be placed where you wish to put it.

All of your data files, including your music and picture files, are kept inside a special Home Directory which is identified either by your first and last name or by your WSU username or StarID.

My Computer and File Structure

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You can use your My Computer to view/find the files that you have stored on your computer, on attached devices (such as portable hard drives or flash drives, and in network storage.) The Home Directory is where your files are automatically stored.


Your Home Directory consists of twelve folders that are referred to as the “root” folder for that “directory.” These root folders include Contacts, Desktop, Downloads, Favorites, Links, My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, My Videos, Saved Games, Searches, and Webs.


The Desktop folder includes all of the files on the desktop which you see when you start up your PC. When “back-up” your important files, you will need to make sure that you back-up this “Desktop” folder. See more about back-up below.


The My Documents folder is where Microsoft Office applications default save your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. Your iTunes music goes into the My Music folder and pictures go into the My Pictures folder. When you download something, it will automatically be placed inside your Download folder.


The left side of tool bar you will have clickable access to creating a new folder, opening the file, getting properties, and other useful options. MyComputer4.png


The three buttons to the right of the tool bar control the way that you VIEW your files in the window. MyComptuer5.png


Properties are used when you would like to modify important attributes of the file. This function can be used to change the name of the file, the file extension, security and sharing settings. At the top of every window you will find a dash, square and x button. The dash button reduces the window to your task bar. The square button enlarges the size of the window. The x button closes the open window. Below these buttons you will find a search box. This will allow you to search for a name of a file or folder on your computer.


Creating a Directory and File Organization

Many students create new folders in their Home Directory or inside Documents or other folders to keep class files and personal files organized.

By using a rigid file organization structure, you can easily back-up data.

Other Resourcess

On the Mac, the Finder (Mac) is similar to My Computer.