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Using Folders

Computer disks, especially hard disks and CD-ROMs, can hold thousands of files. Some files work together to produce a running program or application. Other files hold documents and data that you create. If all these files were just dumped randomly onto a system’s hard disk, you’d have a hard time finding what you need. Worse yet, if you mistakenly deleted a file needed by a particular program (or the Mac OS X Version 10.2 operating system), your program or the system itself might stop working.

Folders serve as containers for related files. For example, a folder might hold all the files for a program, as well as subfolders with additional files for the program. An install routine usually sets up the folders for a program and places the program files in those folders. You can use and create other folders to hold your document files and data, separating them from the program file information.


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