23. Compressing files and folders to save
Windows XP includes a built in
compression utility which can save you some valuable space on your hard disk by
archiving little used files. Working similarly to compression programs such as
PKZIP and WINRAR, the built in software reduces the space your files take up on
the disk at the penalty of increased disk access time for the compressed files
in question. There are several ways of compressing data on your system:
If you have a pre-existing
folder and would like to compress everything in it, right click on the folder,
select 'properties' then the 'advanced' button at the bottom. In the 'compress
or encrypt attributes' section, check the 'compress contents to save disk space'
If you wish to create a
compressed folder for a file or folder separate from the one it is in now, right
click on the item you wish to compress and choose 'send to\compressed (zipped)
folder.' This will create a new compressed folder in the same location as the
original file or folder.
explorer window from current command prompt directory
a built in command prompt ('start\run' then type 'cmd') command that
will open a Windows Explorer window to your exact current directory location in
the DOS-oriented command prompt. Simply type 'Start .' from the prompt to open up
explorer in that location. And yes, that is 'start(space).'
25. Using Quick
Edit in the Command Prompt
Quick Edit function allows you to cut and paste text to and from the command
prompt window, something which you may have become used to not being able to do.
To activate Quick Edit: Open a command prompt Window
('start\run' and type 'cmd'). Right click on the toolbar at
the top and select 'properties.' Put a checkmark in the Quick
Edit mode box. When prompted, opt to apply changes to all similar windows.
Now that Quick Edit is enabled
in the command prompt, you can click and drag to highlight text, then press
ENTER to copy it to the clipboard. To paste text from the clipboard, simply
right click on the command prompt window.
26. Select 'No
to all' when copying files in XP
Have you ever noticed that Windows XP gives you the 'yes to
all' option in its file copy dialog box, useful if you would like
to overwrite files in a directory with newer files of the same name from another
location, for example, but fails to offer a 'no to all' option for doing the
opposite. Kind of annoying if you think about it.
What if you have a lengthy file copy operation partially finished, and
wish to restart it? If you use the default options, you essentially have to recopy
every file, since saying 'no' to each and every duplicate file will take just as
long, and cause your mouse finger to fall off.
Fortunately, there is a way to tell your computer not
to copy all duplicated files with a single command:
To do this, when the file copy
dialog box appears asking you whether you wish to overwrite the first file, hold
down SHIFT and click 'no.' This will automatically answer no for all following
files. Note that it will ask you again for the first folder it encounters, so
follow the procedure again to answer no automatically for all folders. This will
dramatically speed up the file copying process.