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Your Computer's Filing System

Creating, Renaming and Moving Folders

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Don't forget to use folders when saving your documents and files. It will keep your hard drive nicely organized and it will save you time in the long run.

Creating New Folders
If you save a lot of pictures on your computer, create separate folders for each occasion. When you go to save a document in a folder you can create a new sub-folder by clicking on this icon: . It will automatically call it new folder. You can just hit the backspace key and name it to whatever makes sense to you.

If you are in an area where a new folder icon is not available, you can still create a new folder.
Click on the folder that you want a sub-folder created in, to highlight it.

Click on "File" at the top of the window.
Select "New".
Select "Folder".
It will automatically call the folder, "New Folder".
Click on your backspace key.
Type the name that you want to call it.

Changing A Folder's Name
You can even change the name of the folder later on. You can do this while in Windows Explorer very easily. (You can also rename individual files by using these instructions.)
Click on the folder that you want to rename.
Use the right click button on your mouse and select "Rename" from the menu.

Use your backspace key to clear the old name.
Type the new name that you want.
Hit your enter or return key.

Moving Files and Folders
If you accidently save a file or document to the wrong folder, you can easily move it to the correct folder. You will drag and drop the file.

Click "Start"
Click "My Computer"
Click "Folders" button on the top to reveal the folder tree on the left and files and folders on the right.

In the left-hand column, click on the folder where the file that you want to move, is in. This will display the contents of that folder on the right-hand side, including sub-folders.
Left click your mouse and keep the button down on the file that you want to move and drag it to the left-hand column.
As you move your mouse cursor, the folders on the right-hand side will highlight. Move your mouse cursor up or down and when the correct folder is highlighted, let go of the left mouse button.

In the above window, I decided that all my picture files should go into a sub-folder in "My Documents". I am dragging and dropping my picture called 2calves into the "Pictures" sub-folder. Alternatively, I could have just dropped the picture into the folder on the right-hand side also.

NEXT... Organizing Your Files
Page 1 - Understanding Your Filing System
Page 2 - Opening Files
Page 3 - Finding Lost Files
Page 4 - Creating, Renaming and Moving Folders
Page 5 - Organizing Your Files

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