Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Windows Explorer is divided into two sections called panes . The left pane, also called
the Explorer bar , shows different ways of locating specific files or folders on your com-
puter. The right pane lists the contents of these files and folders, similar to the view of files
and folders in My Computer.
The Explorer bar can be displayed in one of five ways: as a Search, Favorites, Media,
History, or Folders pane. The Search pane includes tools to help you search for a particu-
lar file or folder on your computer. The Favorites pane lists your favorite files and folders
on your computer and sites on the World Wide Web. The Media pane lists multimedia
files, such as videos and music. The History pane organizes the files and folders on your
computer by the date you last worked with them. The Folders pane organizes your files
and folders based on their location in the hierarchy of objects on your computer. To move
between these different panes, you click the appropriate command on the View menu.
You can also quickly open the Search and Folders panes by clicking either the Search but-
ton or the Folders button on the Standard Buttons toolbar. Note that the Explorer
bar is available in any Windows XP window that displays files and folders. You can, for
example, use the Explorer bar in the My Computer window.
You’ll start working with Windows Explorer using the Folders pane.
To view the Folders pane:
1. Click View on the menu bar, and then point to Explorer Bar .
2. If necessary, click Folders to check that option; otherwise, click a blank area of the screen
to close the View menu. Your Windows Explorer window should now resemble Figure 28.
Folders pane in the Windows Explorer window
click to display different panes in the Explorer bar
left pane, or
you use to
right pane lists folders and
files contained in the item
selected in the left pane
Trouble? If your Windows Explorer window looks slightly different from the one displayed
in Figure 28, the configuration of your computer probably differs from the computer used
to take this figure. For example, you might have different folders listed in the left and right
panes of the window.
The Folders pane initially displays a list of the objects on your desktop: the My
Documents folder, the My Computer window, the My Network Places window, and the
Recycle Bin. If your desktop contains other folders or objects, those are displayed as well.
The right pane of the Windows Explorer window displays the contents of the object
selected in the Folders pane. In this case, the My Documents folder is the selected object,
and it contains two items—the My Music and My Pictures folders. Icons for these objects
are therefore displayed in the right pane.
Now you can open the same folder you opened before in the My Computer window.