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Chapter 10. Organizing Your Files > Working with Windows Explorer

Working with Windows Explorer

If you’ve used versions of Windows previous to Windows XP, you’re probably familiar with Windows Explorer, the all-purpose file management utility. To start Windows Explorer in Windows XP, click Start, then click All Programs, open the Accessories menu, and click the Windows Explorer shortcut. This opens the familiar two-pane Windows Explorer window, which displays your files and folders in a tree-like structure on the left and the contents of the currently selected folder on the right.

What you probably don’t realize, however, is that this is only one side of the incredibly multifaceted Windows Explorer. When you open the My Computer or My Documents window, you’re using Windows Explorer. Control Panel and most of its subfolders appear in Windows Explorer windows. When you open or save a file from a program like Notepad, the dialog boxes you use are nothing more than miniature Windows Explorer windows. In fact, the desktop, Start menu, and taskbar are all part of Windows Explorer as well!


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