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Simple Tips for Speeding Up Your Home PC
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Organizing files with folders


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Simple Tips for Speeding Up Your Home PC

with Laura Bungarz

Video: Organizing files with folders

One way to organize your computer is by making folders. So, down on the bottom here, in the task bar, there happens to be a picture of a folder. If I click on it, it brings me to, basically, a screen that shows me all the things on my computer. Documents is where most things get stored on the computer. Anything that you might make in Microsoft Word or Excel is going to get saved in Documents. So if I click on Documents, you see I've got lots of stuff here.

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Simple Tips for Speeding Up Your Home PC
45m 55s Appropriate for all Jul 09, 2014

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Is your computer sluggish? Cluttered? Bursting at the seams? In this course, author and computer teacher Laura Bungarz shares some of her favorite techniques to help you speed up your home PC. Learn about defragmenting, checking your RAM, sorting files, and using utilities you already have to clean up "behind the scenes." Laura will also provide tips on upgrading your computer and, if your budget permits, looking for a new PC.

Topics include:
  • Cleaning the desktop
  • Organizing files with folders
  • Using Disk Cleanup, msconfig, and Disk Defragmenter
  • Freeing up disk space
  • Buying and installing RAM
  • Upgrading your computer
Subjects:
Business Productivity Home + Small Office
Author:
Laura Bungarz

Organizing files with folders

One way to organize your computer is by making folders. So, down on the bottom here, in the task bar, there happens to be a picture of a folder. If I click on it, it brings me to, basically, a screen that shows me all the things on my computer. Documents is where most things get stored on the computer. Anything that you might make in Microsoft Word or Excel is going to get saved in Documents. So if I click on Documents, you see I've got lots of stuff here.

But what I want to show you is how to make folders. There's actually a couple of ways to do it. My favorite thing to do is right-click. Right-click is the other button on your mouse. It brings up a menu. Now you have to click on a white space, okay? If I click on a file I get a different menu than if I click out here in the white. So you want to be clicking out here in the white space. What you want to do is go to the option that says New, and you want to click Folder. Now, don't touch anything. This is where you want to name your folder.

Do not have a bunch of folders on your computer that say New Folder 1, New Folder 2, New Folder 3. That is not a good idea. Give it a name that means something to you. You can call it anything you want, Work Files. Now hit Enter. Now I have a folder called Work Files and not a folder called New Folder. The other way that you can create a new folder is up here at the top, there's a little button. If you hold your mouse over it, it just says New Folder. Now in brackets, you see how it says Control Shift N? That's actually called a keyboard shortcut.

I can use that the same way as I use the buttons or the right-click to make a new folder. I'm gonna click it. Again, I get the New Folder. Now stop; the only thing you have to do is backspace and type over those words. Create another new folder of your vacation. There you go. Now you can sort and organize all of those files into folders that make sense.

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Q:  Can I defragment a solid-state hard drive?
A: It is not recommended to defragment a solid state drive (SSD). If you are confused about whether or not you have a solid state drive verses a standard hard drive there are a few ways to check. One way is to simply go into the Control Panel through your Start menu and go to the Device Manager. Look for the Disk Drive option, click the little plus (+) sign to the left of it and check the name of the hard drive listed. If it doesn't say outright one way or the other a simple Google search of the name of the hard drive will provide you with the information you need.
 
Another way to find it is by simply going into Computer or My Computer and right-clicking on your hard drive, probably C:. Under the Hardware tab it will tell you what type of hard drive you have. Again, if you're still unsure, do a simply Google search to find the information you need.
 
 
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