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Accessing Your User Folders Windows 8

Often, using File Explorer is all you need to access the data you want. In most cases, using the available libraries suits your purposes. There are other personal folders, though, includВ­ing Downloads, Saved Games, and Searches, among others. Those user folders are a little more difficult to find. In fact, if you never browse to them specifically, you might never know where they are or that they even exist.

IN this exercise, you'll explore your Windows 8 User folder and pin that folder to the Start screen for easy access in the future.

SET UP No setup is required.

1 Open File Explorer. You can use the Windows+E Keyboard shortcut.

2 In the Navigation pane, click Computer And, in the Content Pane, double-click Local Disk.

This is likely drive C, but it could be something else.

Accessing Your User Folders Windows 8

3 In the right pane, double-click Users.

Accessing Your User Folders Windows 8

4 Right-click your User name And choose Pin to Start.

Accessing Your User Folders Windows 8

TIP Notice that the Public folders are available under C:Users. If you think you'll use the Public folders often, pin them to the Start screen, too.

5 Double-click your User folder To see what's inside.

Accessing Your User Folders Windows 8

6 Click the X In the top-right corner of File Explorer To close it.

CLEAN UP Return to the Start screen to see your new pinned folder. It will be listed in the far-right position.

SEE ALSO "Understanding User Folders," next.

Beyond your libraries and your User folder, you'll find other areas of Windows 8 where you can access data. For instance, from File Explorer you can click Network in the Navigation pane and have access to shared User folders, including those that share data from media devices. These types of shared media folders often contain playlists, pictures, videos, and music, although you may use them to hold work-related data as well. You'll learn more about networks in Chapter 11, "Connecting to a Network and the Internet"; Chapter 12, "Allowing Others to Use the Computer"; and Chapter 13, "Sharing Files and Folders with My Network"; and learn more about media in Chapter 9, "Having Fun with Multimedia."

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