CIS 700  Master Quiz


Prof. Auciello's Virtual Classroom Quiz

Runs best using Internet Explorer



My Computer

"My Computer"  is another name for Windows Explorer that is a file manager that can rename, delete, cut, copy, paste, print, open, etc file and folders.   It evolved from winfile.exe to Windows Explorer (explorer.exe) to My Computer.

I wanted to know more about "My Computer" so I "google" and searched for "My Computer", and came up with an amazing number of "hits". 

1.   How many hits do you come up with when searching for "My Computer"?

2.   Briefly describe how you searched. 

3.   Why should you put My Computer in quotes?

Answer each one in the form of   1. xxxxx, etc.  If you don't know the answer just type "will discover later."


Q002:   Researching Information on "My Computer" using the Help Files on my Desktop

In the previous question,  we went to the Web for info, now we will search our Desktop (our workstation) for info.   I found the button for "Help and Support" and typed in  "My Computer" and found an important but light summary.   Find any description of "My Computer" and type it in the box below.  (Not more than 1 paragraph.)

Q003:  "Exploring"  My Computer

The word "Exploring" is an attempt at humor, referring to My Computer's roots.

Click "My Computer" button, then click "Views" -- the button on top, to see the (5) different optional way of viewing.

Write just 1 or sentences each explaining what you see in Thumbnails View, and in Details View.   Try the other (3).


Q004:  Showing Folders and Files

A while back I was searching for "explorer.exe" and I found it, and made it into a shortcut on my Desktop.   While playing (hacking) with it, it generated this screen.   This is a classic Windows Layout Screen.  Clicking the + will expand and show the contents of, and clicking a Folder will reveal its contents. 

Study the screen above:

1.  What drive are we looking at?

2.  Give me the name of a folder.

3.  Give me the name of a movie file.

4.  Name of a image file (picture).

5.  Name of a sound file.

6.  Where have you seen such a layout before?

Q005:  Icons on the Standard "My Computer"  Toolbar.

The Standard Toolbar contains (2) rows.  On the 2nd row, there are icons.  Icons that are lit are "hot" and will operate when clicked.   There are (7) active icons.   Hover the mouse over each of the 1st 6 and type in what each stands for.

(This kind of stuff can be boring -- If you already know it, just write "I got it already, Mr. A." and skip it;  Also understand that some students may need the practice on this, so encourage them, and soon they too will have this down.)

Q006:  Sorting by File and Folder Attributes

Listed are (4) properties or attributes of  files and folders:  Name, Size, Type, and Date Modified.   Clicking on Name will sort the name in Alphabetical Order (ascending).  Clicking it again will sort in descending order. 

1. Sort your names in descending order.  What is the first name to appear?

2.  I 'discovered" that I had a 26 MB (26,000 KB) file for Partition Data.  What is the largest file you found?  Name and Size.

3.  Give me the name of an application files that you found.

Q007:   Status Bar

The Status Bar, at bottom of desktop  shown at the right, describes what is occurring.   Why it's  called "Status Bar", of course.

I enabled the Status Bar by clicking View then clicking Status Bar as shown on the left.



Enable the Status Bar, and describe your steps, please.


Look above and note the Address Bar.  This is awesome! because it means that I can type in the address where I want to go!   I maximized the screen.   I just discovered this feature, and I just tested it by typing in my website address ( ) and -- guess what? -- it worked!   By hacking around, I taught myself this important feature that I can share with you, so you could type in any WEB address (or URL)  to access it.   or type in a  File Name like  C:\7966\HB7.GIF  to access a file on your desktop.  Locally or on the Web!

To say this another way:  My Computer is a superset of  Desktop Explorer which is a File Manager supreme! which shares common features  with its twin,  Internet Explorer, in that it also can access the web!   So, properly configured,  you could run everything from My Computer:  from accessing programs, viewing images, playing music, watching video either on the Desktop or on the Web.   Microsoft has "seamlessly" integrated running applications locally or from the Internet.  I could stay in My Computer all day long, and do all my tasks -- copying, pasting, renaming, deleting, etc locally --  while accessing the webpages, and reading my email!

Please configure My Computer thus, by clicking View-Toolbars-Address Bar, then maximizing your screen. Make it look like the screen above.    The try it out.

Describe the steps that you took:


Q009:   My Computer as a Desktop Manager!










Use My Computer to access a screen like the one above.  Click on any icon once (to highlight it).  A 2nd left click will "run" it, and a Right Click will open up an Options Menu which has a number of features such as -- copy, paste, delete, ____.   Write down all the actions that you can do to a file or folder, starting with 'executing' (running) it.  Here is a screen shot from a famous classic File Manager, XTree,  that you can use for clues:


Add  Search, View, Edit, Zip, Unzip, Execute, and Sort.

Right-click on any icon.  List below the functions that you could perform on that file, separated by commas, for example:   Copy, Paste, _____.

(This just added a powerful tool in your skill set!)


Q010:   Customizing the Display  Features

Note that this display lists (5) features (properties) of a file/folder: Name, Size, Type, Date Mod., Attributes.

I added the show Attribute feature with this screen.  How did I get to this screen?

It is a bit tricky, but try it.  If you fail, I or someone will show you, and just write below:  "Mr. A.  Please show me how to do this."


If you can do it, describe the steps you took: