Networking with Windows XP 160 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 Appli- cation, 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. Summary This hour introduced you to the world of networking. Network technology has come a long way in power increases and cost decreases. The true winner in the network advances has been the small office and home-based PC users. Just a couple of years ago, consumer computers did not even carry networking equipment because of the network's place in the corporate world. At that time, the network's place meant that the network technology was expensive, difficult to use, hard to install, and costly to maintain.