How to Move Your Windows Briefcase to Your Laptop

Once you have added files to your Briefcase that you want to take from your desktop computer, you’re ready to move the Briefcase icon to your laptop. Moving files from your desktop to your laptop using Windows Briefcase is just like copying any file between two computers.

  1. On your desktop computer, close any documents you're working on that you plan on taking with you.

    Obviously, if you want to edit your Great American Novel, you need to save those chapters to disk and close them in your word processor.

  2. Open the Briefcase icon.

    The Briefcase window appears.

  3. Update all the files by clicking either the Update All Items button or the Update All button.

    When you update the files, you're confirming that the Briefcase contains the most recent versions of the files you want to take with you.

  4. Connect the laptop and desktop.

    The best way to make the connection is over a network.

  5. Open your laptop's shared folder, one that allows you both read and write access.

    The best option is sharing the Public folder in Windows Vista and the Shared Documents folder in Windows XP. Use the Network or Network Neighborhood icon to open that folder from your laptop's computer.

  6. Move the Briefcase icon to the shared folder on your laptop.

    Windows always moves the Briefcase; it isn’t copied. That way, you cannot be confused by multiple Briefcases for the same laptop.

    If you already have a Briefcase on your laptop, it’s erased when you finish Step 6. There should be only one Briefcase shared between the laptop and desktop computers.

  7. Free the laptop!

    After the Briefcase has been moved to the laptop, you're done. You're free to take the laptop and its desktop files, nestled in the Briefcase, with you to some remote locale.

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