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Chapter 18. Using the Network > Using Shared Folders

Using Shared Folders

When you have identified a shared folder that contains files you need to use, you can simply open the folder and use it as you would if the files were stored on your own hard drives. Here are a few tips to make your life on the network a bit easier:

  • When you use Explorer to drag files between a network shared folder and your local drives or a different server's folders, by default Windows will copy the files rather than move them. If you hold down the Shift key when you drop the files, Windows will move the files; that is, it will copy the files and then delete the originals. As usual, the Ctrl key will force Windows to perform a copy (which it would anyway), and the Alt key will create a shortcut.

  • If another user is currently using a file that you want to open, rename, or delete, you will receive an error message indicating that the file is in use. If the file is one stored on your computer, you can find out who is using it by using the management tools described later under “Viewing and Managing Shared Resources.” If you get this error and you know nobody is using the file, wait about 10 minutes and try again.

  • If you're using Windows XP Professional, you can keep up-to-date copies of network files on your own computer using Windows “Offline Folders” feature. See “Offline Folders” in Chapter 19, “Windows Unplugged: Remote and Portable Computing” (page 743), for more information.


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