Browsing Shared Folders and Files

You've probably noticed the Homegroup node in the navigation pane of Windows Explorer. Figure 18-4 shows an example.

- Documents -j Music Pictures

5 Videos


6 Carl (APPALACHIAN) <J Music

|g| Pictures S Videos & Jan (APPALACHIAN) J Kelly (CARL-PC) 4 Ricola (RICOLA-PC)

Computer & Local Disk (C:) ATI

Figure 18-4 Each subfolder under Homegroup represents the folders shared by a user. Note that the computer named Appalachian has two users who are sharing files: Carl and Jan .

You can use folders and files in the Homegroup node just like you can use folders and files in your own libraries . Tasks you can perform include

• Preview and open files

• Play music, pictures, or video (notice the Play All button on the toolbar)

• Search throughout a folder, a library, a user, or the entire homegroup

• Add a shared folder to one of your local libraries

• Add, modify, and delete files (only in libraries or folders shared with read/write access)

When you add a file to a shared library on another computer (for example, by dragging a song file to a shared Music library), the file goes into the library's public folder (in our example, it would go to the %Public%\Music folder on the remote computer).

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