Understanding the File Structure of Your Computer - page 2


Here we are going to discuss creating new folders and keeping our files organized so we can find our files.
I like to keep my files organized so I can easily find them when I need them. Imagine our filing cabinet again. What if everything was simply placed inside the filing cabinet with no regard for order? It would soon become a daunting task to find anything at all in there. Your hard drive is no different. If you do not keep it organized it will soon be almost impossible if not entirely impossible to find anything at all.
In the first example we are going to create a folder within a directory. I am going to use my webfolder for this example. I like save everything that has to do with my websites in this directory and name them according to the site they go into and by date. This makes it much easier to go back and find something I am looking for and it gives me a failsafe method of getting my pages back online if I were to make a mistake and have my page messed up.

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Highlight the directory you want to make your sub folders in.

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Then you can right click on the right pane and select "New" from the pop up menu to create a new folder
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You can click file and then select "New" to create a new folder. Notice that using File then New will also show you where the new folder will be placed. I circled webfolder. This will help you always be aware of where you are and where you are creating your new folder.

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By clicking the folder option under new ,we now have a new folder. We should now name it according to our scheme of file management. I myself prefer to use the date, month and year. But that is my personal preference. Yours may differ here.

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I am naming this folder 9Feb06 so I will know that I was working on my website on this date and be able to easily go back and retrieve any information in there.
Not to worry if you mistype the name or want to change it later. Simply highlight that folder, right click and select rename.

Hopefully you have a better understanding of how to keep your files in order and will not have difficulties in retrieving any information that you are looking for any longer.
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