My Computer Again

Using My Computer to look at what's on your computer is okay, but you can quickly forget where you are before too long. Fortunately, Windows comes with an enhancement to My Computer that simplifies things. Instead of having the functions displayed on the left side of the window, you can have a list of the folders you're working in displayed.  To do this, click on the View menu and pause your mouse on the Explorer Bar.  In the expanded menu, click on Folders.  What you will now see is -

Rather than going through these steps to get this user-friendly view, try pressing <Windows>E to bring up it up.  Try it and you should see the same window come up already configured for you.

Now that you have My computer configured better, go find the My File file you created earlier.  Double-click on Local Disk (C:) on the right side; double-click on Documents and Settings; double-click on Owner or your name (if your system is set up that way); double-click on My Documents.  Notice what has happened to the left side of the window as you go in to the file.  It's displaying the folder structure as you go.  You can quickly see where the file is located rather than having to remember the steps that got you there.

This makes My Computer a more powerful tool for exploring your system. There are a couple of things that can enhance its power even more though.

You do see everything on your system on the left side and the contents of whatever you want on the right side, but it still shows just icons. You might like to have some additional information. If you click on View and select Details, you'll see more information about the files and folders you're looking at.

You can change the sort order of the right window of the My Computer simply by clicking on the title button at the top of the right panel to toggle the sort order from ascending to descending or back. In addition, this view allows you to see the date/time the files/folders were last modified. This information will come in handy as you work with your system.

You can adjust the size allocated to a particular field by double-clicking on the line between that field name and the next field name. For example, if you double-click on the vertical line between Name and Size, the Name field will expand to show you the full name of any file/folders in that pane.

You have access to a number of functions via the menu bar at the top of the My Computer.

Both My Computer comes as two separate functions in earlier versions of Windows.  There's the Windows Explorer.

 Hughes Glantzberg

Last Revised: 02/27/2005

Created by
The PC Help Desk
(Hughes Glantzberg)