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Windows Explorer

Few people find the fact that Microsoft buried Microsoft Windows Explorer deeper in the Start menu more annoying than me. In earlier versions of Microsoft Windows, this ubiquitous file manager had a prominent position in the Programs menu. In Windows 2000 Professional, you must click the Start button, point to Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Windows Explorer. I'm so peevish about its new location (because I rely on Windows Explorer for just about every task) that the first thing I do after installing the operating system is drag the shortcut to the top of the Start menu. I also drag a copy of the shortcut to the Quick Launch toolbar. On the other hand, a couple of other ways you can open Windows Explorer might satisfy you (Microsoft is good about providing different ways to access a feature, each of which is appropriate for different levels of users):

  • Using a Windows keyboard, press Windows+E (Windows is the Windows key, between the Ctrl and Alt keys).

  • Click Explore on any folder's shortcut menu, including the My Computer and My Network Places icons.

  • Put a shortcut to Explorer.exe on the desktop or a QuickLaunch toolbar. SystemRoot\explorer.exe is the path. Then, double-click the shortcut or click the button on the toolbar.

  • In the Run dialog box or at an MS-DOS command prompt, type explorer and press Enter.


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