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Chapter 6. Managing Files with My Comput... > Two Views of Windows Explorer

Two Views of Windows Explorer

The most basic building block of Windows is the icon. Every object you work with—including files and folders, drives and network servers, programs, printers, and shortcuts to Web pages—has its own icon. Program icons are as distinctive as product logos; data files use standard icons that help you group related files easily; system objects use icons that are intended to illustrate their main function. And they're all organized into folders and subfolders in a strict hierarchy.

Most often when you view or manage icons and folders, you use a program called Windows Explorer in one of its two views. Right-click a drive or folder icon, and shortcut menus let you choose between the two faces of Explorer: Click Open, and the contents of the drive or folder you selected appear in a simple window; choose Explore, and you see a more complex view, with one pane that shows all the resources available to you and another that displays the selected folder's contents. After they learn how Explorer works, most Windows users incorporate both views into their working style.


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