More on "Where did my files go?": Desk, Filing Cabinet, Folders, Files

Have you ever lost a file on your computer?

I want to help clear up any confusion about the concepts of files, folders, and the desktop.

First you need to understand how the information stored on your computer is organized--file management. There's a very good tutorial for Windows here on youtube (not by us.) It'll help you understand where to look for files, and how to store and organize them.

Concrete examples involve a desk, a filing cabinet, folder inside the cabinet, paper (files) inside the folders, and folders inside the folders. There's a kind of patronizing example here.

FYI, when there's computer stuff I don't understand, my first impulse is to check Google, and my second is to look on Youtube, and my third is to consult a friend.


Demystifying "Where did my files go?" for newer computer users

Understanding "Where did my files go?" (or the concept of "files" and "folders" in general) is probably one of the most basic problems newer computer users can face. I just stumbled across an article this morning that might help with that question. It's geared toward teachers of computer skills, but I think it might help regular folks. I'm working on a tutorial to illustrate these concepts. Coming soon. In the meantime...

Here's the article.

If you're trying to send us files and you're running into problems--call or stop by! I won't judge you!