Best practice file management in Windows 7?
May 22, 2010 3:36 PM Subscribe
I have: A clean install of Windows 7, an external hard drive full of documents, music and video files, and zero understanding of how the new-fangled folders and libraries are meant to work. Please help me understand best practice file management in Windows 7.
posted by embrangled to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
For reasons beyond my control, I have upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7 (Home Premium). I've read through various tutorials online, I've figured out how to use the taskbar, and most functions seems to work fine. But as embarassing as this sounds, I still don't understand how libraries work and I don't know where to put my files.
Under XP, I kept everything in subfolders of the My Documents folder. After years of stubbornly ignoring the default folders like "My Music" and "My Pictures", I started using them a while back and and found them surprisingly convenient. I usually accessed the My Documents folder from a shortcut on the Quicklaunch toolbar.
It seems like Windows 7 is attempting to offer some degree of intuititivity, so that if I put my files in the "right" place, the OS will make handling them easier. If this assumption is correct, how do I make things run as smoothly as they did before? What does best practice file management look like in Windows 7?
In case it matters:
- I have a lot of Open Office documents that I'd like to arrange in logical folders of some sort.
- I use VLC for playing individual audio files, GOM for video files and iTunes managing playlists and playing content from the iTunes store.
- I want iTunes to be able to access all my audio and video files, but I'd prefer to keep using Gom and VLC as the default.
- I use IrfanView and Gimp for imaging.
I normally consider myself a reasonably technical user, but I am so baffled by this simple thing that you'd better just explain it to me as though I'm your aging mother.