I’m sure that we have all experienced the dreadful feeling of being disorganized at least once in our lives. It can be very overwhelming and in most cases being unorganized leads to lower levels of productivity. In general, an unorganized computer is very similar to an unorganized room or a messy desk, with stuff placed haphazardly around in no logical location. It’s even worse when we have no clue where to start organizing what we have, whether that be files on our computers or a pile of recipes and receipts. While I most likely wont be able to help with latter issue, I hope that I can assist you in more efficiently organizing the contents of your computer.
This article is geared toward giving the reader a deeper and more in depth understanding about how to properly manage files and folders on their personal computer. In addition, this article will hopefully provide the reader with a better understanding of file hierarchy within Windows Operating Systems. Logically, this article will start with the basics before getting into the more detailed content; so without further ado let’s take a look at the structure and layout of this guide to basic file management.
- Background information
- What is a file?
- What are folders and subfolders?
- What exactly is file management?
- What is file hierarchy? & Understanding file hierarchy
- The Bare Necessities (Skills all PC users should know and use)
- How to use Windows Explorer
- Saving a file
- Creating and renaming folders
- Renaming files
- Moving files and groups of files into folders
- How to copy, cut, and paste files and folders
- How to delete files and folders
- How to use Windows Search Utility to find files
- Extensions and Hidden Files
- What is a file extension?
- Synopsis of common file extensions
- How to show extensions
- Using the ‘open with’ tool for certain extensions
- Why are certain files hidden by default?
- How to view hidden files
- File and Folder Organization
- Why are good file management skills important?
- Being practical and logical & Other file management skills
- Final Thoughts
With that out of the way, it is time to begin.
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