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Chapter 16. Using a Windows XP Network > Exploring and Searching the Network

Exploring and Searching the Network

Of course, before you can use a network resource, you have to know where to find it. You can look through your network for shared folders and printers by exploring in the following areas in turn:

  • If you have a workgroup LAN, view My Computer and select My Network Places in the Other Places list. By default, Windows can automatically display an icon for each shared folder on each of your networked computers. (This can be enabled or disabled by selecting View, Folder Options. On the View tab, check or uncheck Automatically Search for Network Folders and Printers). You can open these icons to view and use these folders just like the folders on your own hard drive.

  • From there, select View Workgroup Computers in the Network Tasks list to peruse all the computers with the same workgroup name as yours. Opening the computer icons displays any folders and printers they're sharing.

  • If you're part of a larger network, including domain-type networks, you can select Microsoft Windows Network in the Other Places list to view all of the workgroups on your LAN. You can double-click any of these to see the computers in that workgroup.

  • Select Entire Network from the Other Places list to view all of the computers on your LAN. You can dig into the Microsoft Windows Network folder, and if your organization uses other network operating systems like Novell NetWare, you can delve into the Novell folder as well.


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