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Chapter twenty one. Using Windows XP on ... > Using Briefcase to Synchronize Files

Using Briefcase to Synchronize Files

Whether you're bringing work home from the office or writing some personal letters at your local coffee shop, the time will come when you need to share files between your portable PC and a desktop computer. When you're working on the same file from multiple PCs, figuring out which is the most recent version of the file can be a challenge.

One way to deal with this problem is to use Windows XP's Briefcase feature to synchronize your files. Briefcase has been around for several versions of Windows, and remains essentially unchanged in Windows XP. With Briefcase you simply pop the files from your primary PC into a Briefcase folder. You can copy the Briefcase folder to another PC or work on its files from a notebook. When you copy the Briefcase back to your main PC or reconnect your notebook to the network, Briefcase automatically updates the original files with your latest changes.


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