Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Customizing Panes
Customizing Panes
The panes on the Explorer window are located on all sides of the window.
Figure 9-1 shows a typical Explorer window with all panes visible.
Figure 9-1: Windows Explorer’s panes are all visible.
As shown in Figure 9-1, the Navigation pane is on the left, and Preview is on
the right. Each pane offers a different array of features that can either help your
Explorer experience or clutter it up. Dive into customizing each of the different
panes, and hack up Explorer to make it work the way you want.
The Navigation Pane
The Navigation pane in Windows Explorer is divided into five key areas of
information: Favorites, Libraries, Homegroup, Computer, and Network. You can
think of the Favorite Links section as a sticky dock onto which you can drag
any folder to create a shortcut for accessing it in the future. This enables you to
access your common folders quickly and easily.
You can think of libraries as a combined view of the contents of multiple
folders that come predeined or are manually set up. Libraries are discussed
in detail shortly.
The remaining sections, which are collapsed by default, offer a tree-driven
interface that resembles the classic Windows Explorer from previous versions
of Windows. Now that you know the basics, you can customize everything on
the Navigation pane.
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