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Mac OS uses folders to organize files and other folders on disk. You can create a folder, give it a name that makes sense to you, and move files and other folders into it. It's a lot like organizing paper files and folders in a file cabinet.


  • A folder can contain any number of files and other folders.

  • It's a very good idea to use folders to organize the files on your hard disk. Imagine a file cabinet without file folders—that's how your hard disk would appear if you never used folders to keep your files tidy.

  • As discussed earlier in this chapter, your home folder includes folders set up for organizing files by type. You'll find that these folders often appear as default file locations when saving specific types of files from within software programs. Saving files from within applications is covered in Chapter 5.

To create a folder

  1. Choose File > New Folder (Figure 29), or press s$%N. A new untitled folder (Figure 30) appears in the active window.

    Figure 29Figure 29 Choose New Folder from the File menu.

    Figure 30Figure 30 A new folder appears.

  2. While the edit box appears around the new folder's name (Figure 30), type a name for it (Figure 31) and press r.

    Figure 31Figure 31 Enter a name for the folder while the edit box appears around it.


  • You can rename a folder the same way you rename any other icon. Renaming icons is discussed on the pre vi ous page.

  • Working with windows is discussed in Chapter 2.

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