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Chapter 3. Managing Files and Folders > Opening and Viewing My Computer

Opening and Viewing My Computer

The My Computer window is the starting point to access every disk, folder, and file on your computer. You can access the My Computer window from the Start menu. The My Computer window displays several types of local, removable, and network drives. Drives and folders are represented by icons. Each drive is assigned a drive letter, denoted with parentheses and a colon, such as Local Disk (C:), to make it easier to identify. Typically, the floppy is drive A, the hard (also known as local) disk is drive C, and the CD is drive D. If your computer includes additional drives, your computer assigns them letters in alphabetical order. Once you open more than one drive or folder, you can use buttons on the Standard Buttons toolbar to help you move quickly between folders.

Open and View My Computer

Click the Start button, and then click My Computer.

Click a drive to select it.

Review the tasks you can do with the selected drive.

Click to display details about the drive.

Double-click the drive to open it.

Click the Back button or Forward button on the toolbar to return or move to a previously visited window.

TIMESAVER You can press the Backspace key to go back to a previous folder you visited.

When you're done, click the Close button.


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