To view or change the properties of an application, file, or folder, right-click the icon and select Properties.

Application and File Properties

The Properties view, as shown in Figure 1, for an application or file may contain the following tabs:

Folder Properties

The Properties view, as shown in Figure 2, for an individual folder may contain the following tabs:

Shadow Copy

Shadow Copy is a feature of Windows Operating Systems that automatically creates backup copies of files and data on a hard drive. It can be found under the Previous Versions tab, and is often referred to as the previous versions feature. Shadow Copy requires the hard disk to be formatted as NTFS and works in conjunction with System Restore and Windows Backups. Before Shadow Copy can be used, it must be enabled. To enable Shadow Copy, use the following path:

Start > Control Panel > System Protection link > Click the checkboxes next to the desired drives > Click OK.

After Shadow Copy has been enabled, users can view, copy, or restore previous versions of file. Selecting the view option will open the file as read-only, while the copy option will save an older version of the file in another folder. Restore will overwrite the file in its current state.