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Chapter 17. Setting up a Small Network > Navigating the Network

Navigating the Network

After the network is running, you can explore the contents of other people’s shared disks, folders, and files on the network. (You’ll learn how to share your own items in the next section.)

To explore the network

1.
Choose Start > My Network Places (Figure 17.10).

Figure 17.10. My Network Places shows shared disks and folders, including the ones on your own PC.


2.
To see icons for each network computer, click View Workgroup Computers in the task pane at left (Figure 17.11).

Figure 17.11. This view is great for crowded networks. Each network computer—instead of each shared resource—appears in this window.


3.
Double-click shared items to open them, just as though you were working in your My Computer folder (Figure 17.12).

Figure 17.12. If you’re looking for a shared item on a specific PC, double-click that computer’s icon in Figure 17.11. That PC’s shared resources aren’t intermingled with those of other computers, as in Figure 17.10.



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