Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Exploring Your Computer
Exploring Your Computer
To discover the contents and resources on your computer, you explore, or navigate, it.
Navigating , in this context, means to move from one location to another on your
computer, such as from one window to another. Windows 7 provides two ways to navigate,
view, and work with the contents and resources on your computer—the Computer
window (shown in the Session 2 Visual Overview) and Windows Explorer. Both are
examples of folder windows , which display the contents of your computer.
Navigating with the Computer Window
The Computer window represents your computer, its storage devices, and other objects.
The icons for each of these objects appear in the right pane of the Computer window.
See Figure 18.
Relationship between your computer and the Computer window
hard drive on network
hard drive on your
USB lash drive
The Computer window also has a left pane, called the Navigation pane, which shows
icons and links to other resources your computer can access. This window also contains
a toolbar with buttons that let you perform common tasks, and a Details pane that
displays the characteristics of an object you select in the Computer window.
Each storage device you can access on your computer is associated with a letter. The
ﬁ rst hard drive is usually drive C (if you add other hard drives, they are usually
designated D, E, and so on). If you have a CD or DVD drive or a USB ﬂ ash drive plugged in
to a USB port, it usually has the next letter in the alphabetic sequence. If you can access
hard drives on other computers in a network, those drives sometimes (although not
always) have letters associated with them as well. In the example shown in Figure 18, the
network drive has the drive letter E.
You can use any folder window, including the Computer window, to explore your
computer and organize your ﬁ les. In this session, you explore the contents of your hard
disk, which is assumed to be drive C. If you use a different drive on your computer, such
as drive E, substitute its letter for C throughout this session.
Elena suggests you explore the Music library, which is a convenient location for
storing your music ﬁ les. (A library is a central place to view and organize ﬁ les and
folders stored anywhere that your computer can access, such as those on your hard disk,
removable drives, and network.) Even if you store some music ﬁ les on your hard disk and