How to Create and Organize
Windows Folders


This section is for those of you who need help on how to create and organize windows folders. Below you will follow step by step instructions on organizing computer files and creating folders.

Elsewhere on this site I show you how to organize music files and organize photos into folders which you will create.



Trunk, Branches, Sub-Branches and Folders

Your computer folder tree is very much like your garden variety tree.

Look at the graphic below. Just imagine that it is fall and the half tree has lost all its leaves.

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You have the trunk which I have called “YOU” (Lime colour). Your computer trunk name will be the one that you gave it when you ran your initial set up. It will more than likely be your name or your company’s name.

The folders which I have named “Branches 1, 2, 3 and 4” are branches of “YOU”. I have designated them in blue.

We then have “Branches 1a, 1b and 1c” which are sub-branches of “Branch 1”. These are indicated by the green boxes.

Folders named “Branches 1a-1, 1a-2 and 1a-3” are all sub-branches of “Branch 1a”. In the same way, “Branches 1b-1 and 1b-2” are sub-branches of “Branch 1b”. These are showed in orange.

Got it?

So, let’s start.



Creating Windows Folders

Now we are going to organize windows and create our first folder which we will call “Branch 1”.

Open your Windows Explorer.

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Try it!

1.

Place the mouse pointer on “YOU” (your trunk name) and right click once.

2.

Go down the list and left click on “New”.

Your screen should look something like this.

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3.

Next left click on “Folder”, type “Branch 1” and press “Enter”.

You have just created the first folder and your tree should look like the one below.

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4.

Next we are going to create another folder off Branch 1 and we are going to call it “Branch 1a”.

The process is identical to the one that you have just followed in steps 1 to 3 above.

Place the pointer on “Branch 1” in the left hand window and right click.

Go down the list and left click on “New”

Next left click on “Folder”, type “Branch 1a” and press “Enter”.

Ok so far?

5.

Let’s do another one together.

Now let us create the folder “Branch 1a-1” as a sub-branch of “Branch 1a”.

So do the same as you did above in step 4.

Except this time the primary folder that you want to branch off is “Branch 1a”.

So, start by placing the pointer on “Branch 1a” in the left hand window and right click.

Go down the list and left click on “New”

Next left click on “Folder”, type “Branch 1a-1” and press “Enter”.

Do you see the pattern?

Whenever you want to create a new folder as a sub-branch of another (primary folder), you start by placing the pointer on the primary folder.

So if you look back, in step 1, “YOU” was our primary folder.

In step 4, “Branch 1” became our primary folder and in step 5 above, “Branch 1a” was now the primary folder.

6.

Now go ahead and create the sub-branches; “Branch 1a-2” and Branch 1a-3” both as sub-branches of “Branch 1a”.

So just like in step 5, your primary folder is “Branch 1a”.

When you have completed this step your folder tree should look like the one below.

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7.

Next create “Branch 1b” as a sub-branch of “Branch 1”.

Yes, you got it, “Branch 1” is now your primary branch and that is where you start with your mouse pointer.

Then follow the steps just like you did above.

8.

Now create “Branch 1b-1” and “Branch 1b-2” both as sub-branches of “Branch 1b”.

9.

Go ahead and create “Branch 1c”.

Yes, this one is a sub-branch of “Branch 1”. So, “Branch 1” now becomes the primary branch and this is where you start with your mouse pointer.

10.

Complete the tree by creating “Branch 2”, “Branch 3” and “Branch 4”; all sub-branches of “YOU”.

You have done it!

Whenever you wish to view the contents of any folder place the mouse pointer on the folder and left click.

Try it!

Place the mouse pointer on “Branch 1” and left click once. You will see on the right hand window that the folder “Branch 1” contains folders ”Branch 1a”, “Brach 1b” and “Branch 1c”.

Your organized windows folders tree should look like the one below.

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Are you OK when it comes to renaming, copying, deleting and moving windows folders?

If not, please do not delete the folders that you have just created. You are still going to use them.

You will find tips on more ways to organize windows folders in the section Computer File Management, Folders – Part 1.

You have now completed your section on how to create and organize windows folders.



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