One of the most important concepts to understand when working with computers is the system for organizing, storing, and locating your files and applications. In this context, the term “file” refers to a single item, such as a word processing document, a photo, a video clip, a song, and so on. “Applications” are the programs that you run on your computer, which often use, interact with, or create the files stored on your computer. This video explains how basic file management is used to keep your documents and other files organized on your computer.
- [Voiceover] One of the most important concepts…to understand when working with computers,…is the system for organizing, storing,…and locating your files and applications.…In this context, the term file refers to a single…item, such as a word processing document,…a photo, a video clip, a song, and so on.…Applications are the programs that you run…on your computer, which often use, interact with,…or create the files stored on your computer.…Another term you'll frequently hear is folder.…A folder is sometimes referred to as a directory,…but I think folder makes more sense…because it's easy to understand the concept…of storing files within folders.…
In fact, everything you interact with on your…computer is stored in a hierarchy of folders.…You can have folders nested within other folders,…and files stored throughout those nested folders.…If it helps, you can think of your hard drive…as one big master folder, or even…a filing cabinet, where all the other folders…are stored, accessed and arranged.…Let's take a look at an example…
Interested in Mac computers? Check out Garrick's companion course, Computer Literacy for Mac.
- What is a computer?
- Purchasing a laptop vs. desktop
- Understanding files and folders
- Opening and saving files
- Working with software
- Setting up printers and Bluetooth devices
- Connecting to networks to go online
- Setting up email
- Receiving and sending email
- Searching the web
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting to Know Computers
2. Getting Started
3. Software and Applications
4. Computer Peripherals
5. Networks and Getting Online
7. Web Browsing and Searching
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