Finding folders and files

 

Searching for files and folders

Windows offers a number of ways to find files and folders.

Search Companion offers the most direct way to locate a file. Use Search Companion if you are looking for common file types, if you remember all or part of the name of the file or folder you want to find, or if you know when you last changed a file. If you know only part of the name, you can use wildcard characters to locate all files or folders that include that part in the name. For example, *letter.* will find Holiday letter.doc, Special letter.doc, and Special letter.txt.

Windows Explorer provides a quick way to see all the files and folders on your computer, and it is also a good way to copy or move files from one folder to another. Use Windows Explorer if you know where the file or folder is located.

My Computer provides a simpler view of the folders on your computer. Use My Computer if you want to work with a number of files in one folder, or if you want to reorganize the contents of a folder by creating new subfolders or renaming subfolders.

My Network Places provides a view of all the shared computers, files and folders, printers, and other resources on the network to which your computer is connected. My Network Places presents a view of the network similar to the view of your computer presented by Windows Explorer. Use My Network Places when you want to see all the resources available on the network, when you know where the resource you want is located, or when you want to copy files and folders from one network location to another.

The Map Network Drive command lets you display a network resource in My Computer or Windows Explorer, which makes your network resources easier to find. Use Map Network Drive for network resources you use frequently or when you know the exact network path and name of the resource you want to connect to.

 

 

Searching for files and folders

Windows offers a number of ways to find files and folders.

Search Companion offers the most direct way to locate a file. Use Search Companion if you are looking for common file types, if you remember all or part of the name of the file or folder you want to find, or if you know when you last changed a file. If you know only part of the name, you can use wildcard characters to locate all files or folders that include that part in the name. For example, *letter.* will find Holiday letter.doc, Special letter.doc, and Special letter.txt.

Windows Explorer provides a quick way to see all the files and folders on your computer, and it is also a good way to copy or move files from one folder to another. Use Windows Explorer if you know where the file or folder is located.

My Computer provides a simpler view of the folders on your computer. Use My Computer if you want to work with a number of files in one folder, or if you want to reorganize the contents of a folder by creating new subfolders or renaming subfolders.

My Network Places provides a view of all the shared computers, files and folders, printers, and other resources on the network to which your computer is connected. My Network Places presents a view of the network similar to the view of your computer presented by Windows Explorer. Use My Network Places when you want to see all the resources available on the network, when you know where the resource you want is located, or when you want to copy files and folders from one network location to another.

The Map Network Drive command lets you display a network resource in My Computer or Windows Explorer, which makes your network resources easier to find. Use Map Network Drive for network resources you use frequently or when you know the exact network path and name of the resource you want to connect to.

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