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Windows 7 Tips and Tricks - How to Access Windows Explorer

At first glance the Windows 7 interface can look a bit different, and a bit intimidating. In reality, however, this operating system should look very familiar to users of Windows XP, Windows Vista and other older operating systems. Much of the functionality remains largely the same, even if the interface looks a new and different.

Windows Explorer is a case in point. This handy feature is still present in Windows 7, but its look and feel have changed. Learning how to navigate around within this different looking window can take some time, but soon it will become second nature.

To open the Windows Explorer window in Windows 7, just follow these steps.
1. Locate the My Computer icon on your desktop
2. Right-click the icon and choose Open
3. You will now see a list of all of your local hard drives, as well as your CD or DVD drive, thumb drive and any attached network drives
4. Double-click the drive you want to access
5. Double-click each folder to see its contents

As you navigate around in Windows 7, you will see that the folders look different, but the functionality has not changed. You can still double-click a file to open it, or right-click and choose an option from the shortcut list. After a time, navigating around in Windows 7 will become just like working on your old computer.


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