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Organize Windows folders into a neat stack

Organize Windows folders into a neat stack
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If you use a Windows PC or laptop, you know it can be maddening to find documents or photos that you've saved. That's especially true when you can't remember which file or folder you saved them in. Of course, that happens every time you really need to find something.

You can try searching for them. But if you don't have a pretty good idea where to look, that can take a really long time. Many times that doesn't even work, no matter how long you search.

If you have ever used Windows' "jump lists," you know how much time you can save by just clicking on recently used folders from the Start button. Microsoft first introduced jump lists with Windows 7, and it's a huge help. To use those, go to Start, hover your cursor over a program like Word, and you'll see a handy list of documents you recently worked on.

You can also "pin" folders you use frequently by right-clicking on the file and selecting "Pin to this list." However, Windows' jump lists and pins are no help if you're trying to find a document or photo that you haven't clicked on in a long time.

If you ever use a Mac, you know there's a great shortcut on its OS for finding files and folders. If you click on an icon like Word from the taskbar, you see all the folders in there. Click on an icon, and you can see all the folders pop up in what some people call a "fan." No need to search; folders and documents are right there.

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