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Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Stewart, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. Stewart

    Stewart Flightless Bird

    I have a home group set up for desktop and laptop; working OK.
    I want to compare a folder in the desktop with same in laptop; for example a
    picture folder with 30 photos of Amy in the laptop with 26 photos of Amy in
    the desktop so that I can update what I want.
    There does not seem to be a way of opening 2 libraries at the same time.
    Can this be done?
    Thank you
     
  2. Tim Slattery

    Tim Slattery Flightless Bird

    "Stewart" <anyone@supanet.com> wrote:

    >I have a home group set up for desktop and laptop; working OK.
    >I want to compare a folder in the desktop with same in laptop; for example a
    >picture folder with 30 photos of Amy in the laptop with 26 photos of Amy in
    >the desktop so that I can update what I want.
    >There does not seem to be a way of opening 2 libraries at the same time.
    >Can this be done?


    You can open two instances of Windows Explorer, and have each point to
    a different directory. Or are you talking about some specific program?

    --
    Tim Slattery
    Slattery_T@bls.gov
    http://members.cox.net/slatteryt
     
  3. Dave

    Dave Flightless Bird

    "Stewart" <anyone@supanet.com> wrote in message
    news:hntjip$q3n$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    > I have a home group set up for desktop and laptop; working OK.
    > I want to compare a folder in the desktop with same in laptop; for example
    > a picture folder with 30 photos of Amy in the laptop with 26 photos of Amy
    > in the desktop so that I can update what I want.
    > There does not seem to be a way of opening 2 libraries at the same time.
    > Can this be done?
    > Thank you


    Like Tim said you can have two windows at the same time side by side, each
    pointing to a different directory. After you open the first, grab the top of
    the window with a left mouse click and hold. Quickly drag it to one side of
    screen and it will change into a small window. You can then open the second
    and do the same on the other side of the screen, now they are side by side.
    Another way to do this is with MS Synctoy. It will synchronize any two
    folders so they both contain the same files. Don't know if it will do it on
    a network device, haven't tried that yet, but I do it all the time with a
    thumb drive. Whenever I create a document for any of my classes I will sync
    it with the thumb drive then sync that with my other computer. This keeps my
    laptop, desktop and thumb drive the same all the time for when I go to class
    and I have a good backup.
    HTH,
    Dave
     
  4. Stewart

    Stewart Flightless Bird

    Dave, I know I can do that but it is folders that I am trying to compare.
    If I open "C:/Users\Owner\Pictures\Amy" that is in my desktop then I would
    like to also open the "C:/Users\Owner\Pictures\Amy" that is in my laptop and
    compare them side by side. I could then see what pictures are in one but
    not in the other.
    I know I can use syncback to save to my external hard drive and then match
    them up from there but it would be a lot handier if I could do it direct.
    Thanks again.



    "Dave" <davidj92@wowway.com> wrote in message
    news:H9-dndOpe-HzxT_WnZ2dnUVZ_qSdnZ2d@sigecom.net...
    >
    >
    > "Stewart" <anyone@supanet.com> wrote in message
    > news:hntjip$q3n$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >> I have a home group set up for desktop and laptop; working OK.
    >> I want to compare a folder in the desktop with same in laptop; for
    >> example a picture folder with 30 photos of Amy in the laptop with 26
    >> photos of Amy in the desktop so that I can update what I want.
    >> There does not seem to be a way of opening 2 libraries at the same time.
    >> Can this be done?
    >> Thank you

    >
    > Like Tim said you can have two windows at the same time side by side, each
    > pointing to a different directory. After you open the first, grab the top
    > of the window with a left mouse click and hold. Quickly drag it to one
    > side of screen and it will change into a small window. You can then open
    > the second and do the same on the other side of the screen, now they are
    > side by side.
    > Another way to do this is with MS Synctoy. It will synchronize any two
    > folders so they both contain the same files. Don't know if it will do it
    > on a network device, haven't tried that yet, but I do it all the time with
    > a thumb drive. Whenever I create a document for any of my classes I will
    > sync it with the thumb drive then sync that with my other computer. This
    > keeps my laptop, desktop and thumb drive the same all the time for when I
    > go to class and I have a good backup.
    > HTH,
    > Dave
     
  5. Bob Hatch

    Bob Hatch Flightless Bird

    On 3/18/2010 11:08 AM, Stewart wrote:
    > Dave, I know I can do that but it is folders that I am trying to compare.
    > If I open "C:/Users\Owner\Pictures\Amy" that is in my desktop then I
    > would like to also open the "C:/Users\Owner\Pictures\Amy" that is in my
    > laptop and compare them side by side. I could then see what pictures are
    > in one but not in the other.
    > I know I can use syncback to save to my external hard drive and then
    > match them up from there but it would be a lot handier if I could do it
    > direct.
    > Thanks again.
    >

    Stewart. Do what Dave told you to do. Open one instance of Windows
    Explorer and navigate to the "C:/Users\Owner\Pictures\Amy" on the
    desktop and place that on the left side of the screen. Open a second
    instance of Windows explorer and navigate to
    "C:/Users\Owner\Pictures\Amy" on the laptop and place that on the right
    side of the screen. Compare images.

    Not rocket science.

    >
    >
    > "Dave" <davidj92@wowway.com> wrote in message
    > news:H9-dndOpe-HzxT_WnZ2dnUVZ_qSdnZ2d@sigecom.net...
    >>
    >>
    >> "Stewart" <anyone@supanet.com> wrote in message
    >> news:hntjip$q3n$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >>> I have a home group set up for desktop and laptop; working OK.
    >>> I want to compare a folder in the desktop with same in laptop; for
    >>> example a picture folder with 30 photos of Amy in the laptop with 26
    >>> photos of Amy in the desktop so that I can update what I want.
    >>> There does not seem to be a way of opening 2 libraries at the same time.
    >>> Can this be done?
    >>> Thank you

    >>
    >> Like Tim said you can have two windows at the same time side by side,
    >> each pointing to a different directory. After you open the first, grab
    >> the top of the window with a left mouse click and hold. Quickly drag
    >> it to one side of screen and it will change into a small window. You
    >> can then open the second and do the same on the other side of the
    >> screen, now they are side by side.
    >> Another way to do this is with MS Synctoy. It will synchronize any two
    >> folders so they both contain the same files. Don't know if it will do
    >> it on a network device, haven't tried that yet, but I do it all the
    >> time with a thumb drive. Whenever I create a document for any of my
    >> classes I will sync it with the thumb drive then sync that with my
    >> other computer. This keeps my laptop, desktop and thumb drive the same
    >> all the time for when I go to class and I have a good backup.
    >> HTH,
    >> Dave

    >



    --
    "Never argue with an idiot, they will knock you
    down to their level and beat you with experience."
    Unknown

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  6. Dave

    Dave Flightless Bird

    You didn't specify in your OP if you laptop is networked so I tried to cover
    either way. I haven't tried this, but don't see why it wouldn't work since
    you can access files on a networked computer with explorer. If your explorer
    opens in a window that's not full-screen then you don't have to do the
    click-and-drag, just drag it to one side of screen. Open another explorer in
    another window and point each to different directories, one to the
    directories on your networked laptop.
    If your laptop isn't networked then the only way you can do it is to get the
    media to the desktop by thumb drive, external drive or etc.
    HTH,
    Dave

    "Stewart" <anyone@supanet.com> wrote in message
    news:hntq7b$8c3$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    > Dave, I know I can do that but it is folders that I am trying to compare.
    > If I open "C:/Users\Owner\Pictures\Amy" that is in my desktop then I would
    > like to also open the "C:/Users\Owner\Pictures\Amy" that is in my laptop
    > and compare them side by side. I could then see what pictures are in one
    > but not in the other.
    > I know I can use syncback to save to my external hard drive and then match
    > them up from there but it would be a lot handier if I could do it direct.
    > Thanks again.
    >
    >
    >
    > "Dave" <davidj92@wowway.com> wrote in message
    > news:H9-dndOpe-HzxT_WnZ2dnUVZ_qSdnZ2d@sigecom.net...
    >>
    >>
    >> "Stewart" <anyone@supanet.com> wrote in message
    >> news:hntjip$q3n$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >>> I have a home group set up for desktop and laptop; working OK.
    >>> I want to compare a folder in the desktop with same in laptop; for
    >>> example a picture folder with 30 photos of Amy in the laptop with 26
    >>> photos of Amy in the desktop so that I can update what I want.
    >>> There does not seem to be a way of opening 2 libraries at the same time.
    >>> Can this be done?
    >>> Thank you

    >>
    >> Like Tim said you can have two windows at the same time side by side,
    >> each pointing to a different directory. After you open the first, grab
    >> the top of the window with a left mouse click and hold. Quickly drag it
    >> to one side of screen and it will change into a small window. You can
    >> then open the second and do the same on the other side of the screen, now
    >> they are side by side.
    >> Another way to do this is with MS Synctoy. It will synchronize any two
    >> folders so they both contain the same files. Don't know if it will do it
    >> on a network device, haven't tried that yet, but I do it all the time
    >> with a thumb drive. Whenever I create a document for any of my classes I
    >> will sync it with the thumb drive then sync that with my other computer.
    >> This keeps my laptop, desktop and thumb drive the same all the time for
    >> when I go to class and I have a good backup.
    >> HTH,
    >> Dave

    >
     
  7. Stewart

    Stewart Flightless Bird

    Thanks all, I have got it now. What I did not know was that I had to right
    click windows explorer to get the additional window opened. I now have them
    on each side of the screen and can compare.



    "Dave" <davidj92@wowway.com> wrote in message
    news:3--dnbcjiMsh6D_WnZ2dnUVZ_hadnZ2d@sigecom.net...
    > You didn't specify in your OP if you laptop is networked so I tried to
    > cover either way. I haven't tried this, but don't see why it wouldn't work
    > since you can access files on a networked computer with explorer. If your
    > explorer opens in a window that's not full-screen then you don't have to
    > do the click-and-drag, just drag it to one side of screen. Open another
    > explorer in another window and point each to different directories, one to
    > the directories on your networked laptop.
    > If your laptop isn't networked then the only way you can do it is to get
    > the media to the desktop by thumb drive, external drive or etc.
    > HTH,
    > Dave
    >
    > "Stewart" <anyone@supanet.com> wrote in message
    > news:hntq7b$8c3$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >> Dave, I know I can do that but it is folders that I am trying to compare.
    >> If I open "C:/Users\Owner\Pictures\Amy" that is in my desktop then I
    >> would like to also open the "C:/Users\Owner\Pictures\Amy" that is in my
    >> laptop and compare them side by side. I could then see what pictures are
    >> in one but not in the other.
    >> I know I can use syncback to save to my external hard drive and then
    >> match them up from there but it would be a lot handier if I could do it
    >> direct.
    >> Thanks again.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> "Dave" <davidj92@wowway.com> wrote in message
    >> news:H9-dndOpe-HzxT_WnZ2dnUVZ_qSdnZ2d@sigecom.net...
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Stewart" <anyone@supanet.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:hntjip$q3n$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >>>> I have a home group set up for desktop and laptop; working OK.
    >>>> I want to compare a folder in the desktop with same in laptop; for
    >>>> example a picture folder with 30 photos of Amy in the laptop with 26
    >>>> photos of Amy in the desktop so that I can update what I want.
    >>>> There does not seem to be a way of opening 2 libraries at the same
    >>>> time.
    >>>> Can this be done?
    >>>> Thank you
    >>>
    >>> Like Tim said you can have two windows at the same time side by side,
    >>> each pointing to a different directory. After you open the first, grab
    >>> the top of the window with a left mouse click and hold. Quickly drag it
    >>> to one side of screen and it will change into a small window. You can
    >>> then open the second and do the same on the other side of the screen,
    >>> now they are side by side.
    >>> Another way to do this is with MS Synctoy. It will synchronize any two
    >>> folders so they both contain the same files. Don't know if it will do it
    >>> on a network device, haven't tried that yet, but I do it all the time
    >>> with a thumb drive. Whenever I create a document for any of my classes I
    >>> will sync it with the thumb drive then sync that with my other computer.
    >>> This keeps my laptop, desktop and thumb drive the same all the time for
    >>> when I go to class and I have a good backup.
    >>> HTH,
    >>> Dave

    >>
     
  8. Char Jackson

    Char Jackson Flightless Bird

    On Thu, 18 Mar 2010 11:44:27 -0500, "Dave" <davidj92@wowway.com>
    wrote:

    >...I do it all the time with a
    >thumb drive. Whenever I create a document for any of my classes I will sync
    >it with the thumb drive then sync that with my other computer. This keeps my
    >laptop, desktop and thumb drive the same all the time for when I go to class
    >and I have a good backup.
    >HTH,
    >Dave


    Thanks for confirming that you're a student. That confirms my
    suspicions and explains some of your comments in the other thread. :(
     
  9. Dave

    Dave Flightless Bird

    "Stewart" <anyone@supanet.com> wrote in message
    news:hntvan$i9r$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    > Thanks all, I have got it now. What I did not know was that I had to
    > right click windows explorer to get the additional window opened. I now
    > have them on each side of the screen and can compare.
    >

    Good catch, I missed putting that in my post, even though I was doing it to
    make sure explorer would collapse when mouse-drug (or drunk =D ) like other
    programs will.
    Dave
     
  10. Bob Hatch

    Bob Hatch Flightless Bird

    On 3/18/2010 2:26 PM, Dave wrote:
    >
    >
    > "Stewart" <anyone@supanet.com> wrote in message
    > news:hntvan$i9r$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >> Thanks all, I have got it now. What I did not know was that I had to
    >> right click windows explorer to get the additional window opened. I
    >> now have them on each side of the screen and can compare.
    >>

    > Good catch, I missed putting that in my post, even though I was doing it
    > to make sure explorer would collapse when mouse-drug (or drunk =D )
    > like other programs will.
    > Dave


    I have a shortcut to Windows Explorer on the desktop and I didn't have
    to right click. Just open 2 instances with left click mouse.

    --
    "Never argue with an idiot, they will knock you
    down to their level and beat you with experience."
    Unknown

    http://www.bobhatch.com
    http://www.tdsrvresort.com
     
  11. Dave

    Dave Flightless Bird

    "Bob Hatch" <bob.hatch@ymail.com> wrote in message
    news:4ba2a6a6$0$13652$c3e8da3@news.astraweb.com...
    > On 3/18/2010 2:26 PM, Dave wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >> "Stewart" <anyone@supanet.com> wrote in message
    >> news:hntvan$i9r$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >>> Thanks all, I have got it now. What I did not know was that I had to
    >>> right click windows explorer to get the additional window opened. I
    >>> now have them on each side of the screen and can compare.
    >>>

    >> Good catch, I missed putting that in my post, even though I was doing it
    >> to make sure explorer would collapse when mouse-drug (or drunk =D )
    >> like other programs will.
    >> Dave

    >
    > I have a shortcut to Windows Explorer on the desktop and I didn't have to
    > right click. Just open 2 instances with left click mouse.
    >
    > --
    > "Never argue with an idiot, they will knock you
    > down to their level and beat you with experience."
    > Unknown
    >
    > http://www.bobhatch.com
    > http://www.tdsrvresort.com


    Good point, I just tried it and you're correct. Also, from the start menu
    you can just left click and it will open a new window every time you
    left-click. I have explorer tied to my taskbar and it won't work that way,
    when you left-click the second time it minimizes explorer and when you right
    click you can open another window.
    Dave
     
  12. Gene E. Bloch

    Gene E. Bloch Flightless Bird

    On Thu, 18 Mar 2010 15:18:11 -0700, Bob Hatch wrote:

    > On 3/18/2010 2:26 PM, Dave wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >> "Stewart" <anyone@supanet.com> wrote in message
    >> news:hntvan$i9r$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >>> Thanks all, I have got it now. What I did not know was that I had to
    >>> right click windows explorer to get the additional window opened. I
    >>> now have them on each side of the screen and can compare.
    >>>

    >> Good catch, I missed putting that in my post, even though I was doing it
    >> to make sure explorer would collapse when mouse-drug (or drunk =D )
    >> like other programs will.
    >> Dave

    >
    > I have a shortcut to Windows Explorer on the desktop and I didn't have
    > to right click. Just open 2 instances with left click mouse.


    You can also open a second instance of Windows Explorer from the "Computer"
    shortcut on the Start Menu, but only if the first window no longer points
    to the starting location. If you click that shortcut before changing the
    directory viewed in the first instance, nothing happens. I guess some
    programmer thought you'd never want two windows on the same folder ;-)

    Vista did this too, IIRC.

    --
    Gene E. Bloch letters0x40blochg0x2Ecom
     
  13. Zaidy036

    Zaidy036 Flightless Bird

    In article <hntjip$q3n$1@speranza.aioe.org>, anyone@supanet.com says...
    >
    > I have a home group set up for desktop and laptop; working OK.
    > I want to compare a folder in the desktop with same in laptop; for example a
    > picture folder with 30 photos of Amy in the laptop with 26 photos of Amy in
    > the desktop so that I can update what I want.
    > There does not seem to be a way of opening 2 libraries at the same time.
    > Can this be done?
    > Thank you



    Try free Q-Dir from http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/Q-Dir

    One can have up to 3 directories open at once.
     

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