Librairies et al

In the navigation pane (the left hand part of the File Explorer screen) you can see a number of standard locations which can be used for storing information. Although all computers will look slightly different, you should see some or all of the locations shown below.

The section called Favorites contains items which help you to locate files and folders easily. It contains some standard areas (see below). You can also add other locations to the Favorites. This requires you to have created other folders on your computer which you can then map into your Favorites. This is a bit complicated to explain so if you are interested in doing this ask one of your helpers to show you how.


The Desktop refers to what you can see on your screen when no other windows are open. On the desktop you will generally see icons (little pictures) which you click to start a program. However, it can also be used as a location for storing folders and files but, just like a real life desktop, it can get very cluttered if over used. However it can be very useful for storing things temporarily.

When you "Save As" in a word processor or other program you will see that you can select the Desktop as a location for storage.

You can also create new folders on the Desktop just like any other folder. Do this when you "Save As" or at any time by right clicking on a blank area of the desktop and selecting "New" then "Folder".

Downloads folder

If you download files from the Internet using Internet Explorer, they will be stored in the Downloads folder unless you specify a different location. So if you download something and forget to specify a location, have a look in Downloads and you may find it there.Recent Places

Recent Places contains links to folders which you have recently accessed to enable you to quickly resume activities which you were doing at an earlier time.


Your Windows PC comes with default folders for Documents, Music, Photos and Videos. In Windows 7 and later these are held in the Library. You can use these or you can create your own folders on your hard drive or on any other storage device you connect to your computer.

If you use the default libraries (Documents, Music, etc), you can create your own folders and sub folders in the library. Despite the names, there are no restrictions on the type of files you can store in a library, ie you can store photos in the Documents library or documents in the Photos library.