How To Understand

Filing - Part 2

Who Should Read This Page:

Anyone Using A Computer

If you read Part 1 of this How To instruction, then you know we are comparing your computer to a filing cabinet. We used an example of filing a gas receipt in the top drawer of your file cabinet and inside a folder labeled "January" and then inside another folder labeled "gas." Now, let's see how that relates to your computer.

On your computer, we are comparing the C:\ drive to the top drawer (or Drawer C) of the file cabinet. Just like your file cabinet's drawer, your hard drive has divisions. These divisions (or folders) include (but aren't limited to) My Documents, Program Files and Windows.

For our example here, let's use the divider (or folder) My Documents. Like our gas receipt example, there can be other folders inside this main division - My Documents. On the computer, we call a folder inside another folder a sub-folder.

Let's say that in the My Documents folder there already exists (or you create one) a folder called My Pictures. Now, your daughter 3000 miles away e-mails a picture of your new granddaughter. You want to keep this picture on your computer so you can print it out and show off your new little one to all your friends. Where should you save (or file) it? Well, it's a picture and it's yours. So, how about we put it in the folder named My Pictures?

Just like our gas receipt, let's work backwards. We'd find the picture of your granddaughter in the folder called My Pictures which is in another folder called My Documents and that folder is on the C:\ drive.

Pretty simple, so far, don't you agree? Next week, we'll see a visual comparison of our two examples.





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