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2.1. Coping with Explorer

Explorer is the all-encompassing program that provides the basic working interface to all modern versions of Windows, allowing you to manage the files, folders, and applications on your system. The Windows desktop, the My Computer window, the single-folder windows, the Tree View window, and the Start Menu are all part of the Explorer application. However, in most Windows lore and in most of the solutions in this book, the term Explorer refers specifically to the window that has the Tree View shown in the left pane; it is opened by selecting Windows Explorer from the Start Menu or by launching Explorer.exe from the Start Menu's Run command. All other windows used to browse folders—those windows accessible from the My Computer window—are commonly referred to as folder windows or the single-folder view.

In reality, Explorer with the folder view and single-folder windows are exactly the same, except for the folder tree pane, which can be turned on or off by selecting Explorer Bar from the View menu and then selecting Folders. The distinction in this book is purely for semantics and casual conversation.


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