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Chapter 17. Copying, Moving, and Nuking ... > Making Your Own Folders - Pg. 159

Copying, Moving, and Nuking Folders and Files 159 If you're selecting groups of files, it often helps to change the way the files are sorted or arranged. Open the View menu and choose to sort files by name, by type (using their filename extensions), by size, or by date. For example, you can sort files by type to list all the document files that end in .DOC. You also can arrange the icons by opening the View menu and selecting one of the fol- lowing options: · Large Icons--Good if you want to select only a few files or folders. · Small Icons--Displays tiny icons. Folders appear at the top, files at the bottom. In this display, you can drag a box around items down and to the right. · List--Displays tiny icons (just like Small Icons view), but folders (directories) are listed on the left; files are listed on the right. · Details--Displays additional information, such as the date and time at which files were created. (This view makes it tough to manage large numbers of files.) Making Your Own Folders You rarely need to create your own folders. When you install a program, it usually makes the folders it requires or uses existing folders. However, you need to make folders for your own data files so don't get mixed up with all your program files. When creating folders, try to follow one rule: Keep the folder structure shallow. If you bury a file eight subfolders deep, you're going to have to do a lot of digging to get it out. On my drive, I have one folder for everything everyone in the family creates. It's called DATA. Under it, I have a subfolder for each book I write, a subfolder for my personal files, a subfolder for tax records, and a subfolder for the files that my kids and wife create. Most of the files are buried only two or three levels deep. This structure also makes it easy to back up only the data files we have created. I simply tell my backup program to back up the DATA folder and all its subfolders. In Windows, you can create folders all over the place: in My Computer, Windows Explorer, or even on the Windows desktop. Give it a shot; try creating a new folder on drive C. You can always delete the folder later if you don't need it. Follow these steps: 1. 2. 3. Double-click the My Computer icon. Double-click the icon for drive C. A window opens showing all the folders on drive C. Right-click a blank area inside the window to display a shortcut menu. Inside Tip If the Windows desktop becomes too crowded with shortcuts and other icons, you can create folders to help organize the desktop. Right-click a blank area of the desktop, point to New, and click Folder . 4. Rest the mouse pointer on New and click Folder , as shown in Figure 17.3. Windows creates a folder on drive C, cleverly called New Folder.