An Explanation Of The Windows Folder/File System

How To Create A Folder

Before you can create a folder you first need to be in the place where you are going to create that folder. In this example you will need to be inside the DOCUMENTS folder (so you will be creating a sub-folder). To get inside (to open) the DOCUMENTS folder either double click on your desktop User Name shortcut icon (i.e. John), if a desktop shortcut icon has been created for it, and then double click on the DOCUMENTS folder (folder icon).....

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Fig 1.0  Double Click on your User Name desktop icon.....

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Fig 1.1  .....and then double click on the DOCUMENTS folder (folder icon) to continue.....OR.....

.....OR left click on the START Menu button, move the mouse pointer over to the DOCUMENTS menu-item (shortcut icon) and then select (left click on) DOCUMENTS. Either way will take you to the folder where your main documents are stored.

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Fig 1.2  .....left click the START Menu button, move the mouse pointer to the DOCUMENTS menu-item and left click.

When you left click on the START Menu button the Start Menu appears. All you need to do then is move the mouse pointer towards the DOCUMENTS menu-item (shortcut icon) until it is highlighted (Fig 1.2 above) and then click on it (select it) with the left mouse button. This will then open the DOCUMENTS folder.

With the DOCUMENTS folder open you have two methods for creating a folder. The first method is the easiest and simplest, but not necessary the best one. It is the method of clicking on the NEW FOLDER button that is available on every standard folder's window. In Windows 10 it is located on the title bar, but in other Windows it is located on the folder's window taskbar. The reason why it is not the best method though is because it makes computer practise lazy and the NEW FOLDER button is not on every kind of window. You will see what I mean in a minute when I show you method two.

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Fig 1.3  Left click on the small yellow NEW FOLDER button, located on the title bar, to create a folder.

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Fig 1.4  A new folder has been created with the file name: New folder

Method two uses the classic context menu (Options menu), found in older versions of Windows and within software programs, to create a folder and is therefore going to give you better computer practise that will benefit you both in terms of software programs and older Windows.

To create a folder with method two begin by moving the mouse pointer towards the display area (main white area) of the folder's window and then right click inside that display area to bring up the context menu (Options menu). From there move the mouse pointer down (or up) the menu-items, temporarily highlighting each menu-item as you move downwards (or upwards), until you reach and highlight the sub-menu (menu-item) called NEW.

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Fig 1.5  Hover the mouse pointer over the sub-menu (menu-item) called NEW to display its sub-menu menu-items

With the sub-menu (menu-item) called NEW highlighted, and its sub-menu menu-items now being displayed, you then need to move the mouse pointer towards (rightwards or leftwards) the sub-menu menu-item called FOLDER. If you fall out of line with the mouse pointer it will unhighlight NEW and you will need to start again (it takes practise). Fig 1.6 below shows where you should be moving the mouse pointer. When you have FOLDER highlighted simply left click on it (left click on the word FOLDER) to create a new (empty) folder called New Folder, as shown in Fig 1.4 above and below. Remember: Although New folder is a folder in its own right it is also a sub-folder of the DOCUMENTS folder.

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Fig 1.6  Left click on the sub-menu menu-item called FOLDER to create a new folder

Note: Although NEW is a menu-item of the main context menu it is also a sub-menu in its own right, with its own menu-items called FOLDER, SHORTCUT, BITMAP IMAGE and so on. NEW, in this case, means you want to create something new inside the DOCUMENTS folder. So if you were to now select (left click on) NEW's menu-item called MICROSOFT WORD DOCUMENT a blank Microsoft Word document (text file) would be created inside the Documents folder. Here though you just wanted to create a new empty folder.

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Fig 1.7  A new folder has been created with the file name: New folder

To create another new folder just repeat the above procedure. All newly created folders are called New folder. However, if there is already a folder called New folder your newly created folder will be called New folder (2) instead. Thereafter New folder (3), New folder (4) and so on.