Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Session 2
Session 2
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 com-
puter, such as from one window to another. Windows XP provides two different ways to
navigate, view, and work with the contents and resources on your computer—My
Computer and Windows Explorer.
For hands-on practice of
key tasks in this session,
go to the SAM 2003
Training Companion CD
included with this text.
Navigating with My Computer
The My Computer icon on the Start menu represents your computer, its storage devices,
printers, and other objects. The My Computer icon opens the My Computer window,
which contains an icon for each of the storage devices on your computer, as shown in
Figure 22. These icons appear in the right pane of the My Computer window. By default,
the My Computer window also has a left pane, which shows icons and links to other
resources. You’ll learn more about the left pane shortly.
Figure 22
Relationship between computer and My Computer window
hard drive on your
hard drive on network
3 1 / 2 -inch floppy drive
CD-ROM drive
Each storage device you have access to on your computer has a letter associated with it.
The first floppy drive on a computer is usually designated as drive A (if you add a second drive,
it is usually designated as drive B), and the first hard drive is usually designated as drive C (if
you add additional hard drives, they are usually designated D, E, and so on). If you have a CD
or DVD drive, it usually has the next letter in the alphabetic sequence. If you have access to
hard drives located on other computers in a network, those drives will sometimes (although
not always) have letters associated with them as well. Naming conventions for network drives
vary. In the example shown in Figure 22, the network drive has the drive letter E.
You can use the My Computer window to keep track of where your files are stored and
to organize your files. In this session, you will explore the contents of your hard disk,
which is assumed to be located in drive C. If you use a different drive on your computer,
such as drive E, substitute its letter for “C” throughout this session.
Now you’ll open the My Computer window and explore the contents of your computer.
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