f you read last week’s Newsletter about searching the Net, you understand that there are millions of pages of information on the Net. I’m sure you know how to save (or bookmark) a page as a favorite. But, what do you do with these bookmarks? If you do what I did originally, you just let them accumulate in your favorites list. There’s a problem with that, though. After you’ve done a lot of searching and saving of pages, finding a page you’ve saved can be quite a chore. Just ask me; I know! When I finally decided to get my favorites organized, the task took me 8 hours. Whew! I still shudder to think of that day!
You might be wondering how it could have taken me 8 hours to organize my favorites. Well, at the time, I had about 700 favorites bookmarked in 5 or 6 folders. Organizing them was stressful. Now, however, as you can see from the left side of this page, I have NO bookmarks that aren’t inside a folder. How many favorites do I have now? I have 1,934 favorites saved in 112 folders as of the writing of this Newsletter.
In order that I might avoid another day of just sitting at the computer and organizing favorites, I have one rule. All bookmarks are immediately saved into a folder. If I don’t have a folder that applies, I make a new folder.
The key to organizing your favorites, I think, is to treat your computer as a file cabinet. Each of the bookmarks is like a letter you might file away. You could just throw all your papers in a file drawer and let them pile up but then finding something in a reasonable amount of time could be difficult. Instead, most people will place their papers in a folder with a general heading that applies to all the papers stored therein. You can do the same with your favorites. What’s the sense of saving favorites if you can’t find them when you need them?
One question that you might be asking is how does one determine the name for a folder? Well, generally speaking, I try to use the obvious. As an example, you may remember last week I listed the 10 general search engines I use. Well, they are saved along with some specific search engines in a folder called “Search Engines.”
(Quite clever of me, don’t you think? LOL) You don’t have to be a Mensa member to see the relationship, do you? I try to keep the task of naming folders as simple as possible. You can see this for yourself if you look at the file folder names in the list on the left.
By the way, I even sub-divide folders if too many favorites find their way into a particular folder. For instance, here's what my folder "Personalities" looks like:
As you can see, I have 4 sub-folders under "Personalities." There are so many bookmarks under this subject that I had to divide them so they would be easier to find. As an example, if I saved a page that had something to do with Johnny Carson, that bookmark would be under the "A-K" folder.
At this point, if this concept is new to you, you might be wondering how to create and use these folders. Fortunately, I have a “How2” page that describes the procedure for Internet Explorer, Netscape and AOL. You’ll find that page here: http://www.keystonecomputerconcepts.com/How2/favfolders.html. I hope you’ll take the time to see how to create these folders. One of the main reasons for having a computer should be to save time. Keeping favorites in folders will do just that!
Item #1 Remember the Newsletter about hoax e-mails? http://www.keystonecomputerconcepts.com/keystonekeyboard/Keyboard01212002.htm One of my good friends sent me a humorous reminder regarding the stories that circulate on the Net. http://www.keystonecomputerconcepts.com/keystonekeyboard/hoaxhumor.htm.
Item #2 A client was looking for the page to download MSN Messenger. Here it is:
Item #3 Someone wrote asking about a virus with the name "hooker." I referred them to this page:
Item #4 Oh, bad news for those of you up North! Saturday, February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil told a crowd of thousands to expect six more weeks of winter weather!
Have a wonderful week and, as always, any questions regarding this newsletter, please feel free to contact me.
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This page updated January 22, 2005
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