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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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Find the Business Letters folder among the folders on the window’s left side, right-click on that folder, and choose Paste. Windows copies the letter to your Business Letters folder.
A Some people prefer Windows Explorer’s “view it all” method of displaying your computer’s contents. Others prefer My Computer. There’s no right or wrong way. Try them both and see which you prefer.
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A You can create folders and documents while using the Windows Explorer view, just as you do in My Computer, explained earlier in this chapter. In fact, almost all of the commands and tricks work the same. Windows Explorer works just like My Computer, but with that extra line of folders along its left side.
A To get rid of the Windows Explorer view — to stop all those folders from showing along the left side — click the Folders button again from the toolbar along the top.
How Do I Make the Network Work?
Windows XP can connect to bunches of other computers through a home network, and, luckily, that makes it pretty easy to grab files from other people’s computers. At least it’s pretty easy if somebody else has already set up the network. But after the network’s running, you’ll be running right alongside it. There isn’t much new to learn.
See the My Network Places icon on your computer’s Start menu (and shown in the margin)? That icon is the key to all the computers currently connected to your computer.
Double-click that icon, and a window appears, as shown in Figure 11-10. Your windows naturally differ because you have different computers. (And the computers probably have different names, too.) Figure 11-10, for instance, shows all the disk drives on other computers that connect to this one through a network.
Double-click the folder of the computer that you want to peek inside, and a new window appears, showing the contents of the folder on that computer — even though it might be in another room, in another office, or on another continent.
To see all the computers currently linked to your computer, click View Workgroup Computers from the Network Tasks menu along the window’s left side, as shown in Figure 11-11. Windows XP shows you the names of all the currently available computers.
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Figure 11-10:
Doubleclick the desktop’s My Network Places icon to see which places you can access on the network.
Figure 11-11:
Click View Workgroup Computers to see all the
computers currently connected to your computer through a network.
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A When viewing another computer’s files, everything works just like it was on your own computer. Feel free to point and click inside the other computer’s folders. To copy files back and forth, just drag and drop them to and from your computer’s window to the other computer’s window. (Sometimes a computer requires a password, however, so you’ll have to ask the computer’s owner for permission.)
A Don’t feel guilty when probing the network. You can only access computers that your network administrator has given you access to. You’re not really getting away with anything.
A When you use a network to delete something from another networked computer — or somebody uses the network to delete a file from your computer — it’s gone. It doesn’t go into the Recycle Bin. Be careful, especially because the network administrator can often tell who deleted the file.
A Windows XP comes with a special Home Networking process to connect your computers with cables. In fact, after you connect them, the computers can share a single modem. Chapter 9 carries much more information about networking.
Making My Computer and Windows Explorer List Missing Files
Sometimes, Windows XP snoozes and doesn’t keep track of what’s really on a disk. Oh, it does pretty well with the hard drive, and it works pretty well if you’re just running Windows programs. But it can’t tell when you stick in a new floppy disk, and it sometimes gets confused with networks or when you copy files from one place to another.
If you ever think that the Windows Explorer or My Computer window is holding out on you, tell it to refresh, or take a second look at the files it’s displaying. You can click View from the menu bar and choose Refresh from the pull-down menu, but a quicker way is to press the F5 key. (It’s a function key along the top or left side of the keyboard.) Either way, the program takes a second look at what it’s supposed to be showing and updates its lists, if necessary.
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Who cares about this stuff, anyway?
Windows XP gives each file four special switches called attributes. The computer looks at the way those switches are set before it fiddles with a file. (A check mark means the switch is turned on.) To view a file's attributes, right-click on the file and choose Properties.
A Read Only: Choosing this attribute allows the file to be read, but not deleted or changed in any way.
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