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Hour 13. Networking with Windows XP > Working with a Network

Working with a Network

Using a network is no different from using a standalone PC except that, instead of selecting a printer connected to your PC when you print, or a disk in your system unit when you access a file, you specify the printer or file on the other computer. When you select File, Open Any Windows Application, click the Look In drop-down list box to locate the networked disk drive you want to access. To print to a network printer, select File, Print as you normally do to prepare for printing and select the network printer from the Printer dialog box's Name list. Windows prompts you for a password if one is required to use the device.

Tip

If you disconnect one or more of the PCs from the network, reverse the file- and printer-sharing settings so that the PC is no longer designated for the network; otherwise, the computer will run more slowly than it has to. Remove the network card altogether if you don't want to use it, and your computer will also speed up because it will not continue to poll the network card looking for other computers.



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