Windows Explorer

Definition of Windows Explorer in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is Windows Explorer?

Windows Explorer is the primary tool for accessing file systems in Microsoft Windows NT, Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows 2000. You can use Windows Explorer (or Windows NT Explorer, as it is called in the Windows NT operating system) to:

  • Create, move, copy, open, edit, and delete files or folders
  • Search for files using complex queries
  • Map and disconnect network drives to shared folders on network servers
  • View and manipulate properties of files and other file system objects
  • Share folders and printers for use on the network
  • Configure NTFS permissions, auditing, and ownership (Windows NT and Windows 2000 only)

Windows Explorer displays a hierarchical window-based view of file system and network resources in two panes. The left pane shows a hierarchical view of all available file system resources, including the desktop, local drives, mapped network drives, printers, and Network Neighborhood (in Windows NT, Windows 95, and Windows 98) or My Network Places (in Windows 2000). In Windows 2000, the left pane can also show search tools or a history of recently accessed resources. The right pane shows the files and folders or other objects within the currently selected drive or folder in the left pane.

Graphic W-9. Windows Explorer.

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