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    Briefcase

    Using Windows98, with a desktop machine and a portable networked.
    Is it sensible to put the WHOLE of the "Work" folder into a Briefcase on the portable?
    On the principle I would never know which "Work" files I might want to deal with whilst away from the network, why not have ALL of them available. All being several hundred files in a tree structure of 40 or so folders.

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    Tony

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    Re: Briefcase

    Tony, the main feature of the briefcase that sets it apart from the other folders is the update. When a document has been changed either on the laptop or the desktop, you can run the update and the new version of the document will update the older one. This means that both are kept up to date. This feature works in both directions - to and from both machines. In the past when I used a laptop and took work home I would copy the files I wanted into the briefcase, take them home and make changes then run update the following day. When I had finished with a document I would delete it from the briefcase to avoid clutter.
    Long winded and probably doesn't answer your question but it's my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/bow.gif border=0 alt=bow width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Briefcase

    Tony,

    The procedure that Mike has described is how the feature is designed to be used. I have a number of *road worrier* users and this is the way I have set them up.

    I also use it for half a dozen documents I want available at all times. I use the refresh to ensure I have an update copy on the server at all times.

    Having said that, I can't think of anything which would prevent you using Briefcase in the way you described. Unless there is a limit set by MS. <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15> Will check.
    Granville

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    Re: Briefcase

    I found that when I put a lot of information into a briefcase, performance became a real issue. When you open the briefcase, it checks the status of every file in the briefcase to see if it needs to be updated.

    What worked better for me was to create separate briefcases for different areas. I had a briefcase for HR, one for Accounting, etc. You can create a briefcase by right-clicking (alternate mouse click if I want to be politically correct), then New, Briefcase and name it accordingly.

    Another thought related to the briefcase. I usually prefer to add folders to the briefcase and not just the files in a folder. Then if a file is added to the folder (or deleted from the folder) it is synched accordingly.

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    Re: Briefcase

    Thanks for the warning about performance issues. I will bear that in mind.

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    Tony

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    Re: Briefcase

    Hi Tony:

    One last <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>thrown in. I like & use Darryl's approach. If you have TOO many briefcases, you will have trouble keeping track of which ones you use. You certainly wouldn't want to update 40 briefcases, one for each folder, every time you came home. At the risk of spouting heresy, it doesn't hurt to have a notebook (the old fashion kind <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>) & at least keep track of which folders & briefcases you've used. You might find it handy to have a list of exactly which folders are in which briefcases, so you can check off the ones you use. (You can use pen or pencil, which you can find in antique stores <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>).

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