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What are folders

What are Folders?

“Folders,” also known as “directories,” on your computer work in much the same way that file folders in the real world work. You use them to store stuff and help keep organized. Without them, your hard drive would have thousands of files just floating around on it, making it more than a little difficult to find something you’re looking for.

Folders can contain anything. Photos, documents, web pages, favorites, shortcuts, program files, system files …whatever.

To see some of these little folders, right-click the Start button and select Explore .


One folder you should have on your computer is the ” My Documents ” folder. Most word processors (and many other programs) use this as the default location for saving information. Within this folder, you can create more folders, keeping yourself even more organized than before.