If you have photographs, videos, documents and PDFs saved to your computer, (and who doesn't?) you're using folders to organize them. Just like their real-world counterparts, folders are useful to keep your information organized.
Unfortunately, as you get more files and more folders, in no time you go from feeling organized with Windows folders to feeling overwhelmed by them. To avoid getting buried in an avalanche of folders, check out these handy tips to use Windows folders more effectively.
1. Use folder shortcuts
If you find yourself opening the same folders all the time, create desktop shortcuts for them. Simply hover your cursor over the folder you want to easily access, right-click and choose Create Shortcut. Drag the new shortcut over to your desktop and you're done.
If you're a Windows user who's big on keyboard shortcuts, you can use those to open folders as well. Find a folder on your desktop and right-click. Choose Properties and then go to the "Shortcut" tab. Click in the "Shortcut Key" field and press the Ctrl button. You'll see "Ctrl+Alt+" and you can add a key, like S. Then, you'll be able to access that folder by pressing Ctrl+Alt+S.
Here are a couple of other folder shortcuts. To rename a folder, click on the folder once, then tap the F2 key. To quickly copy the address bar of an open File Explorer window, press Alt+D to select the path. (See photo.)