You might already have a smattering of XP experience, and you might have picked up this approachable little book in a quest to learn a few tips and tricks that will help you get work done more efficiently. If so, this chapter is for you.
You also might consider yourself a "power" XP user. If this describes you, I'll still wager that at least one-quarter of your time at the computer is spent managing file storage with Windows Explorer. You might even be skimming through to the summary to see if you missed anything significant. You did. You'll find plenty of good information here that can help. Go back and pick through the chunks, and you're sure to discover something new.
If you're completely new to Windows XP, you will want a quick mastery over Windows Explorer. In this chapter, we looked at some of the basics: how to manipulate Explorer Views and how to add and remove toolbar buttons to make Windows Explorer most responsive to your needs.
But we also moved beyond the basics. The first time I learned about the way I could change the contents of My Places Bar, for example, I knew I had just been shown something that would, over the course of my computing life, save me countless thousands of mouse-clicks.
Once you've found a file in Windows Explorer, and once you've manipulated its contents, you will often want a hard copy of your work, either for your own records or to share with a colleague or family member. In the next chapter, we'll move into the area of print management.