Devices and Printers Overview

The Devices and Printers folder gives you a quick view of devices connected to your computer that you can connect or disconnect from your computer through a port or network connection. This includes mobile devices such as music players and digital cameras, USB devices, and network devices. See Figure below. It does not include items installed inside your computer such as internal disk drives, expansion cards, or RAM, and it will not display legacy devices such as keyboards and mice connected through a PS/2 or serial port.

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Starting with Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, Windows includes the Devices and Printers folder to quickly allow users to see all the devices connected to the computer and to configure and troubleshoot these devices. It also allows you to view information about the make, model, and manufacturer and gives you detailed information about the sync capabilities of a mobile phone or other mobile devices

To open the Devices and Printers folder, open the Control and click View devices and printers under Hardware while in Category view or double-click Devices and Printers in Icon view. You can also open the Devices and Printers folder by clicking the Start button and clicking Devices and Printers.
When you right-click a device icon in the Devices and Printers folder, you can select from a list of tasks that vary depending on the capabilities of the device. For example, you might be able to see what’s printing on a network printer, view files stored on a USB flash drive, or open a program from the device manufacturer. For mobile devices that support the new Device Stage feature in Windows, you can also open advanced, device-specific features in Windows from the right-click menu, such as the abilities to sync with a mobile phone or change ringtones.