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Windows Tips


Open Windows Explorer

Right-click the Start button on your Windows Start menu, then select 'File Explorer'

Older versions Windows: 'Open Windows Explorer'.


What version of Windows?

In Windows Explorer, right-click 'This PC', then select 'Properties' then email us a PrintScreen of the window that shows details about your version of Windows.


View folders in the left panel of Windows File Explorer

Organize > Layout > Navigation Pane > Folders.


Show Hidden Files and Folders

Windows File Explorer > Organize > Folder and Search Options > View tab, then select the radio button to Show hidden files and folders.


Unhide extensions for known file types

Windows File Explorer > Organize > Folder and Search Options > View tab, then uncheck Hide extensions for known file types.


Create a shortcut

Right-click and drag a file or folder into your target folder, then when you release the right mouse button, select Create Shortcuts Here.


Copy to Program Files folder

As a security measure, Windows often will not allow you to copy a file from email or the Internet directly to the Program Files folder or the Program Files (x86) folder.

You need to first copy the file to any temporary folder, and then copy or move the same file to the Program Files folder.


Default User Templates folder for Word and Excel Templates

Your default User Templates folder for Word and Excel templates is usually


Tip: If someone changed your default User Templates folder, you can find out where they moved it by selecting

Word > File > Word Options button > Advanced > File Locations button > User templates
(Tip: Click the Modify button in order to be able to see the entire folder path)

And yes, unintuitive as it may seem, you need to go through Word to set the default folder for where to store your Excel templates.

Tip: These folders are hidden by default — so you must first Show Hidden Files and Folders.