Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Exploring Files and Folders
Viewing folder contents in Windows Explorer
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Using the Folders pane helps you navigate your computer and orients you to your cur-
rent location. As you move, copy, delete, and perform other tasks with the files in the right
pane of Windows Explorer, you can refer to the Folders pane to see how your changes
affect the overall organization.
Like Windows Explorer, My Computer also lets you view, organize, and access the
drives, folders, and files on your computer. Instead of using the Folders pane, however,
you can navigate your computer in four other ways:
• Opening drives and folders in the right pane: To view the contents of a drive or folder,
double-click the drive or folder icon in the right pane of the My Computer window. For
example, to view the contents of the Professional Writing folder shown in Figure 5, you
open the My Documents folder and then the Professional Writing folder.
• Using the Standard Buttons toolbar: Click the buttons on the Standard Buttons toolbar to
navigate the hierarchy of drives, folders, subfolders, and other objects in your computer.
• Using the Address bar: By clicking the Address bar list arrow, you can view a list of drives,
folders, and other locations on your computer. This gives you a quick way of moving to an
upper level of the Windows XP file system without navigating the intermediate levels.
• Using the task pane: The Other Places area of the My Computer task pane lists links
you can click to quickly open folders or navigate to other useful places.
By default, when you first open My Computer, it shows all the drives available on your
computer, whereas Windows Explorer shows the files, folders, and drives on your com-
puter. However, by changing window settings, you can make the two tools interchange-
able. You can change settings in the My Computer window to show the Folders pane
instead of the task pane. If you do, you have the same setup as Windows Explorer.
Likewise, if you close the Folders pane in the Windows Explorer window, the task pane
opens, giving you the same setup as in the My Computer window.