Working With Documents

When you use the computer, you will normally create or modify data. When you save this data, it will be placed in a file or document. Documents come in a variety of types: bitmaps, textual, word processing files, etc. Each type of file is associated with a particular program by Windows. For example, bitmap files are associated with Paint, textual files are associated with Notepad, etc.

In order to understand the importance of this concept, let's bring up WordPad. You'll find it in the Accessories group. Once you have WordPad up, open a file called My File that you created earlier in this tutorial.  You should find it located in the My Documents folder. Now close WordPad.

The process you just performed seems natural enough, but it's rather involved particular if the file you were after was somewhere other than your My Documents folder. Now that we've opened this file, let's do it again, but this time using a different procedure.

Click on the Start button and move your mouse up to My Recent Documents. Pausing on My Recent Documents will open a list of the fifteen most recently opened documents. Click on the My File document. WordPad will start and the My File file will automatically be loaded.

You have just experienced the benefit of file association. If the file you want to work with is in My Recent Documents, you can bring it up in the appropriate program very quickly by clicking on it here. If the file is not listed in My Recent Documents, but you know where it is, you can use My Computer to locate it and double-click on it. If you know the name of the file, but not where it is located, you can use the Search facility to locate the file and double-click on it.

 Hughes Glantzberg

Last Revised: 03/13/2005

Created by
The PC Help Desk
(Hughes Glantzberg)