Yesterday, we began to explore a handy spot to handle manage your disks in Windows 7 – Computer in File Explorer. If you haven’t read the first part of that article, click here to check it out. 

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Today, we’ll start by checking out the menu at the top of the Computer windows in File Explorer.

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First, let’s check under Organize at the left. Just click the arrow to see your options.

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Choose Layout and you can customize your view by checking or unchecking items. If something you used to be able to see suddenly goes missing, this is a good place to look to see if anything’s been unchecked.

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Choose Folder and search options to adjust settings like whether it takes one or two clicks to open a folder. I’ll get more into the complete folder and search options in a future article.

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Select a drive and you’ll also be able to rename it or check out the properties.

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Choose Properties and the Properties windows will open to show you a wide variety of options.

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Under General, you can check out the amount of free space, clean up the disk, or even compress files. Choose the Tools tab to run a disk cleanup or defrag the disk. Hardware offers information about each of the drives you use with your PC.  While Sharing allows you to share files on a network. Security allows you to control permissions for individual drives. Previous Versions lets you take a look at your restore points and Quota allows you to choose how much hard drive space each individual user can take up on the drive.

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System properties shows you information like what type of processor your PC is using, how much memory you have, whether you have a 64-bit or 32-bit OS, and even find your Windows product ID.

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Select Uninstall or change a program to view a full list of everything installed on your PC. Here you can choose to uninstall any program and in some cases, like Microsoft Office, run repair features.

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Map Network Drive allows you to share a file with a network of computers and Open Control Panel will open Control Panel and give you access to all of its options.

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