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By Jess Stratton | Monday, October 21, 2013

Organize your Operating System: Monday Productivity Pointers

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Both Windows and Mac OS come with a built-in means of organizing your files; they both have pre-built folders for music, videos, pictures, and documents. This way, when you have to choose a file location to store your files (such as photos and downloaded songs), you’ll automatically have somewhere to put them.

But this system gets confusing if you already have your own storage folders, for example, from a cloud service like Dropbox or Google Drive. To make matters more complicated, if you need to search for a file, you now have to search in multiple locations.

To solve this problem, both operating systems will let you aggregate all of these folders into one central location so you can quickly and easily find your files. In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’m going to show you how to aggregate the folders on both a Windows PC and a Mac.

In the second (lynda.com members-only) video, I’ll show you how to use Libraries in the Windows operating system accomplish the same thing, and again how to find your files using Windows Explorer.

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