The Briefcase function on Microsoft Windows folders allows users to synchronize files between folders on different computers. You can synchronize the files that you add to the Windows folder Briefcase over a network connection or with removable media, such as an external hard drive or memory stick. Each time you change the contents of the Briefcase or edit files stored in the Briefcase, Windows updates the same files on the other computer. You can change the Briefcase on a Windows folder by adding or deleting files stored in the Briefcase.
Click the "Start" button on the computer's desktop taskbar.
Select "Computer" from the right-hand column in the Start menu. Go to the folder with the Briefcase that you want to change. This might be the Documents folder -- or the Video or Music folders if you synchronize multimedia files between computers.
Drag files and subfolders inside the Windows folder to the brown Briefcase icon to add them to the Briefcase for synchronization.
Double-click the brown "Briefcase" icon to open the Briefcase. To remove items from the Briefcase and stop further synchronization, click the file to highlight it, and then press the "Delete" key. This won't delete the file from your system because the original file stays in the Windows folder, but it will remove the file from the Briefcase.
Click the "Update All Items" button in the Briefcase main menu to synchronize the contents of the Briefcase with the other computer. This will update the files on both computers over the network or transfer the updated file to your connected removable media.
Tips & Warnings
- You can add a Briefcase to any Windows folder. Right-click on an empty area of the Folder window; then click "New" followed by "Briefcase" from the context menu. Copy the Briefcase to another computer via a network connection or removable media to enable synchronization of the contents on both computers.
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