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The Difference Between My Computer And Windows Explorer

The Windows Explorer (not to be confused with the Windows Internet Explorer) is a file management program included in Windows. It is similar to the File Manager from Windows 3.x but is much more powerful. With Windows Explorer you can view, rename, copy, move and delete files and folders. It can also be used to start programs and open documents. To launch the Windows Explorer, please perform the following:

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For Windows XP

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then move your mouse over the All Programs icon to display all Start Menu folders.
  3. If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, move your mouse over the Programs folder instead.
  4. Now, move your mouse onto the Accessories menu folder until it expands.
  5. Then Click on the Windows Explorer icon to launch the Windows Explorer program.

For Windows 98 And Windows Millennium

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then move your mouse onto the Programs menu folder until it expands.
  3. Now move your mouse onto the Accessories menu folder until it expands.
  4. Then Click on the Windows Explorer icon to launch the Windows Explorer program.
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Comparing My Computer To Windows Explorer

You can basically perform the same functions using My Computer. The main difference is that you cannot view the overall structure of your computer's resources, or their relationship to one another, as you can with Windows Explorer. My Computer lets you view the contents of only one folder at a time. That's why many experts advise new users to Windows to use My Computer, at least at first. Moving through folders one at a time is less confusing than seeing a full listing of all your drives and folders all at once. As a new user learns more about Windows, the speed and power of the Windows Explorer's file management capabilities will appeal to them more. To launch the My Computer application, please perform the following:

  1. If present, simply double click on the My Computer icon on your Desktop.
  2. If it is not present on your Desktop for Windows XP, then enable the icon as follows:
  3. Go into your Control Panel by first clicking on the Start Button.
  4. Then click on the Control Panel icon located in the right column of the Start Menu.
  5. If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, then begin by clicking on the Start Button.
  6. Then click on Settings, then click on the Control Panel icon to open up the Control Panel.
  7. Now, Double click on the Display icon to open up the Display Properties window.
  8. Then click on the Desktop tab located at the top of the screen.
  9. Now click on the Customize Desktop button at the bottom of the Display Properties window.
  10. Use your mouse to place a check mark in the box next to My Computer desktop icon option.
  11. You can also enable any other Desktop icons that you would like to appear on the Desktop.
  12. Now click on the OK button to save your changes and exit the Desktop Icons window.
  13. Then click on the next OK button to exit the Display Properties window.
  14. Finally, close the Control Panel to return back to the Desktop.

Note: This Technical Brief Will Work For All Operating Systems Including Windows XP.

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