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Windows xp for dummies - Rahbone A.

Rahbone A. Windows xp for dummies - Hungry minds , 2001. - 430 p.
ISBN: 0-7645-0893-8
Download (direct link): microsoftwind2001.pdf
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Sharing your own computer's stuff with the network
To share a file or folder with your fellow computer users, move the file into your Shared Documents folder, which lives in your My Computer window. (You must move or copy a file into the Shared Documents folder; shortcuts don’t always work.)
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After you place your file or folder into your Shared Documents folder, it appears in the Shared Documents folder of everybody else using your computer.
As a special perk, administrators can share folders without having to move them into the Shared Documents folder. The trick is to follow these steps:
1. Right-click on a folder you’d like to share and choose Sharing and Security from the pop-up menu.
Open My Computer and right-click on the folder you’d like to share. When the menu appears, select Sharing and Security. A window appears, showing the Properties for that folder. It opens to the Sharing tab, as shown in Figure 9-6.
Figure 9-6:
Right-click on a folder and choose Sharing and Security to share the folder on the network.
2. Click the box marked Share This Folder on the Network.
A check mark in that box lets everybody peek at, grab, steal, change, or delete any of the files in that folder. To let visitors look inside the files but not change them, remove the check mark from the box marked Allow Network Users to Change My Files.
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3. Click OK.
Now that particular folder and all its contents are available for everybody on the network to share.
A Sharing many folders is not a good idea because it gives network visitors too much control over your computer. Even if you trust people, they might accidentally mess something up. To be safest, only share files by placing them in the Shared Document folder.
A Inside Shared Documents live two more folders, Shared Music and Shared Pictures. Those two folders are also available to any user. So, if you want to share documents with any user of your computer, store them in the Shared Documents folder. When you make MP3s from your CDs, store them in the Shared Music folder, too, so that everybody can enjoy them.
Sharing a printer on the network
Many households or offices have several computers but only one printer. That creates quite a problem: Who has to keep the printer on his desk? The second problem, how everybody can access the same printer, is solved easily: by putting the printer on a network.
If no printer is directly plugged into your computer, you can easily find out what networked printers are available. Click the Start button, choose the Control Panel, and select Printers and Other Hardware. Choose View Installed Printers or Fax Printers. (Or click the Printers and Faxes icon, depending on your setup.)
Windows XP shows you the printers connected to your computer, as shown in Figure 9-7.
To share a printer with the network, follow these steps.
1. Click the Start button, choose Control Panel, select Printers and Other Hardware, and choose Printers and Faxes.
Depending on your setup, you might skip Printers and Other Hardware, because the Printers and Faxes icon will already be showing.
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Figure 9-7:
The Control Panel ’s Printers and Faxes window shows one networked printer accessible from this computer.
2. If you see an icon for your computer’s printer, right-click on the icon and choose Sharing.
No icon for your printer? Move ahead to Step 4.
3. Click the Share This Printer button, and if desired, type in a name for your printer. Click OK.
Any name will do — the make and model works fine. If you’re running other versions of Windows on your network, click the Additional Drivers button. Click in the boxes next to the versions used by the other computers and click OK. Click OK to close the window, and you’re through.
4. If there’s no icon for your computer’s printer, click Add Printer.
Fill out the questions Windows XP asks about your printer. If your printer came with an installation disk, use that. Windows XP recognizes many modern printers as soon as you plug them into the USB port. If the printer plugs into a printer port (also called the LPT port), you might have to tell Windows the printer’s make and model.
Finally, tell Windows XP to use that printer as the default printer if you want Windows XP to use that printer all the time. (This option comes in handy for people who have more than one printer.)
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The new printer’s icon now appears in your Printers and Faxes window; you’ll also find its name listed in your software programs as an option for printing. Now go back to Step 3 to share the printer with the network.
That’s it. Your computer can send information to any of the printers listed in the window.
If you don’t see any printers listed in the Printers and Faxes window, yet you know that one is attached to the network, click the Add Printer icon. This time, though, tell it you’re installing a network printer. Windows XP browses for any connected network printers and displays their names.
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