So, when you get a new CD with embroidery files, you want to get them onto your computer. Some CD’s come with an installer, and using an installer is the easiest way to get your new files off of the CD and on the computer, so that you can start using them.
The first thing you need to do is figure out whether the CD provides an installer. CD’s from Floriani always have an installer, and this makes it pretty easy to put files in the right place. With files from other companies, sometimes there’s an installer, most of the time, there isn’t. If you’re not sure whether your CD has an installer, my instructions in the blog post available here tells you how to check.
Open a Windows Explorer Window for the CD — Windows Explorer lets you see the files on your computer. It has an icon like a file folder, that looks like the picture to the left.
Often, the Windows Explorer icon shows up at the bottom of your screen, right beside the start menu. If it’s not there, click on the Start icon — many times, the Windows Explorer icon is at the first level of the Start menu. If it’s not THERE, then click the Start icon and select All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer. If you have to go so far as to navigate all the way there, I suggest that you right-click on the Windows Explorer icon and select Pin to Start Menu, so that it will be on the first level of the Start menu from here on out.
A Windows Explorer window like the one on the left will appear.
Display the files on the CD — In the left side pane of the window, double-click on the CD icon. A list of folders and/or files will be displayed.
Find the file format you need — Most CD’s contain embroidery files in multiple formats, so, navigate to the folder that contains the files for your embroidery machine.
Open a second Windows Explorer window, for your Floriani Designs folder — right click on the Windows Explorer icon at the bottom of your screen (near the Start icon), and select Windows Explorer from the pop-up menu. A second Windows Explorer window will be displayed. Arrange the Windows Explorer windows so that you can see both of them.
Navigate to your Designs folder — If you’ve created a Library for your Floriani files, use it to navigate to your Floriani Designs folder.
If you don’t have a library, In the left side pane of the window, double click on Local Disk, then in the main part of the window, double-click the Floriani folder, then double-click the Designs folder.
Create a folder for your new designs — In the Designs folder, click the New Folder button above the file/folder list. A new Folder will be displayed in the Designs folder. Give it a name, then double-click on the folder to open it.
Copy the files to the new folder — In the CD window, select the files that you want. Hold down the shift or control key to select multiple files. Click and drag the files into the window you just created in the Designs folder. The files will copy from the CD to the new folder. It should take just a few seconds.
That’s it! — your files are now in the right place. If you had Floriani or Floriani Total Control open while you moved the files around, you’ll need to close and re-launch the software before the files will show up in your Design Library. For information on how to use the Design Library to browse your files, see my blog post here.