Tech Tip: Quickly track down computers on a network with Windows XP

Learn how to quickly track down computers on a network.

If you manage a large network with many computers that you've configured to share resources on the network, quickly locating a specific computer can easily become a time-consuming and aggravating task. It can be quite a pain to open My Network Places and scan through a huge list of computers every time you just need to find one computer that you want to access.

However, there's an easier way to locate computers on a network. Follow these steps:

  1. Right-click My Network Places, and select Search For Computers.
  2. When the Search utility appears, enter the name of the system you want to find in the Computer Name text box, and click the Search button.

Windows XP will quickly return the computer you want to access. Best of all, XP will save the computer name in the history list. The next time you need to access the same computer, you can just enter a few letters of the name and select it from the drop-down list.

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