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Q1:Why does it seem as though many Explorer functions are available elsewhere, such as in the My Computer window and in Open dialog boxes?
A1: You can find many of Explorer's capabilities elsewhere. Windows is known for giving you the tools you need where you need them. You don't have to hunt for the tools you need.
Q2:I'm confused; are there three kinds of shortcuts?
A2: There are three versions of shortcuts in Windows XP. You can add a single-key shortcut to any program. When you press Ctrl+Alt and that key at the same time, Windows starts the program. You can be working in Explorer, at the desktop, or in virtually any other program, but when you press the shortcut keystroke, Windows starts the program you've assigned to that shortcut key.

When you right-click a document or folder and select the Create Shortcut command, Windows creates a shortcut to the item, which is really an alias name that knows the location of the original document or folder, but which acts like a copy of the item.

When you add items to the Start menu (or any menu cascading out from the Start menu), you must create a shortcut to that item because you don't want a copy of the same program all over your disk drive. Therefore, the menu command will be a shortcut to the program that, after you select that menu item, finds the program on the disk drive and starts the program.


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