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Chapter 4. Working with Folders and Files > Understanding Home Folders

Understanding Home Folders

In older Macintosh operating systems, you could save your files in virtually any location on the hard disk. This made for a great deal of flexibility in organizing your files, but also created a housekeeping issue—having files and folders scattered all about made it more difficult to find a file or folder when needed.

All versions of Mac OS X take a different approach toward user files and folders, which was touched upon in earlier chapters. For each user name set up under Mac OS X (and there is always at least one user by default—you), Mac OS X creates a Home folder. The Home folder, in turn, contains several folders that are organized to hold your personal files and data. The following list touches on the folders that you’ll use most often.


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