How to Burn Files to CD

By Bridget Kelly

It's easy to share family photos and informational files when you have a CD recorder built into your computer, and it's one of the quickest ways to make your files portable. Once a specialty item, these recorders are generally standard equipment on all computers now. The steps here apply to Windows Vista; all current versions of Windows and Mac OSX will follow a very similar process. You can burn files to CD-R or CD-RW disks.

Step 1

Insert the blank CD into your computer's recordable disc drive. A small window will open that lists several tasks that you can do.

Step 2

Choose the Burn Files to Disc task. The "Burn a Disc" dialog box will open.

Step 3

Click the button labeled "Next."

Step 4

Stand by while Windows formats the disc. Upon completion a new window will open, showing you an empty file.

Step 5

Go to the Start menu and find the location of the files that you want to burn onto the CD.

Step 6

Open the file and drag the files you want to burn onto the CD into the empty file.

Step 7

Click the eject button on your disc drive when you have finished dragging and dropping your files. Windows will then burn the files onto the disc, which may take a few minutes. Your disc will eject upon completion.