Saturday, June 7, 2014

Class Summary 6-5-2014

Files and Folders and Libraries and more. That was the theme for the day. Notes can be found at

Why organize? Gave the example of having kitchen cabinets and putting things away any old way. Some glasses in one cabinet and others scattered around the others. Plates all over the place. Spices in multiple places. You would never to do that, so why do that with your files on your computer. Create folders to store related items. Even folders inside folders.

Use the main folders that come with Windows. (Downloads, Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos) Your downloads all end up in the default folder called Downloads and your documents from programs like Word into a folder called Documents. Use them, but create sub-folders to organize. Do NOT create your folders outside of these default folders or programs like Mozy or iDrive or other cloud backup services will not find them to back them up for you without you pointing those programs to your folder locations.

So instead of copying all your pictures from your camera or smartphone into Pictures and having a thousand pictures to scroll through to fine the ones you want, organize them into sub-folders by creating the sub-folder first and them copying your images from your camera into that folder.

Let's say you went to the beach on 6-2-2014 and have a bunch of picture to upload into your computer.

Pictures -  2011
                2014 - Beach

Notice the years are sub-folders to contain pictures for that year. The sub-folder Beach is in the 2014 folder and is where we will keep all our beach related pictures for 2014. Inside that folder we create a folder for 6-6-2-2014 and that is where we will upload the camera pictures to.

Pictures - 2014 - Beach - 6-2-2014

Now finding pictures is as easy as opening the Pictures folder, locating the 2014 folder and then finding the beach pictures.

We also looked at how to copy and move files from one place to another using Cut, Copy, and Paste and by right-dragging the files. Keyboard shortcuts can also be used. Ctrl+X for cuttings, Ctrl+C for copying, and Ctrl+V for pasting.

Touched on maintenance using the programs found on (see previous posts on using ninite and the maintenance programs like Glary...)
We also discussed a number of other things, most of which I do not remember. If you want me to expound on something else we touched on, please let me know and I will add it to this post.

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