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Retrieve File(s) From G:\ Drive on a Campus Computer

G:\Drive is used by faculty to store files for student retrieval. To retrieve a file you must know the path to the file (which folders to open). This path would be given to you by your course instructor.

Retrieving a G:\Drive file:

Log on to any student computer and click the Start button at the bottom left of your desktop. As shown in Figure 1 below, click Computer.

Figure 1

The ‘Computer’ window showing all drives, including G:\Drive will open, as seen in Figure 2 below. Locate G:\Drive, also known as common, and double click.

Figure 2

As shown in Figure 3, a window will open revealing the contents of G:\Drive. Notice the Address bar indicates your current location as G:\.

Figure 3

Locate the file you need by selecting and opening folders according to the path provided by your instructor. For example, if you wanted to retrieve the Tips for Writing Exercise file, shown in Figure 4 below, you would need to know the following path: G:\Drive -> clc folder -> terry folder -> Smart Start folder. The Address bar, shown in the figure, indicates this path.

Figure 4

Once you locate the file you want to retrieve, select and open the file. As shown in Figure 5 below, click the file name once and click Open in the file menu at the top of the window. You can also double click the file name or right click over the file name and choose ‘Open’ in the resulting menu.

Figure 5

The file will open in the appropriate application, as shown in Figure 6. The file will open as Read-Only as indicated in the title bar of the application. You can print this ‘Read-Only’ file. If you wish to edit the file and save the edited version you would need to save the file to your H:\Drive space. (Click File -> click Save As -> in the Save as Window, use the folder view pane on the left to locate your H:\Drive -> choose (double click) the folder you want to save the file in to open it -> if you wish to change the name of the file type an appropriate name in the File name field -> click the Save button).

Figure 6