Tips on organising your files

 

Moving files into folders using Finder on the Apple Macbook

  1. Open Finder (bottom left of your screen).
  2. Click on ‘File’ (top left) and ‘New Finder Window’.
  3. Choose one of the two Finder windows, and click in the grey blank space at the top of the window and drag it to one side of the screen. Do the same for the other Finder window and drag it to the other side of the screen so that they are side by side.
  4. You might need to resize the windows – do to this hover over the bottom left or right hand corner of the window until a double headed arrow appears. Click and hold down and drag the corner inwards and downwards until it is occupying half of the screen. Do the same for the other Finder window.
  5. These two windows are mirror images of each other – whatever you do in one will be reflected in the other. Click on ‘Documents’ (or wherever your files are stored) in the left hand panel of each of the two Finder windows.
  6. In one Finder window, open (double click) an existing folder that you would like to move files into. Alternatively you could create a new folder by clicking on the cog shaped icon at the top of the finder window, name the new folder and then double click on the folder to open it.
  7. In the other Finder window, identify the files that you would like to move into this open folder, and click and hold down and drag each of the files across into the open folder in the other Finder window. To Select multiple files in a row, click on the first file, hold down ‘Shift’ on the keyboard and then click on the last of the files in the row.

Moving files into folders using File Explorer on a Windows computer

  1. Click on File Explorer (this is a yellow icon that looks like an old school file divider in the task bar at the bottom).
  2. Go to ‘File’ and ‘New window’.
  3. Choose one of the two File Explorer windows, and click in the grey blank space at the top of the window and drag it to one side of the screen. Do the same for the other File Explorer window and drag it to the other side of the screen so that they are side by side.
  4. You might need to resize the windows – do to this hover over the bottom left or right hand corner of the window until a double headed arrow appears. Click and hold down and drag the corner inwards and downwards until it is occupying half of the screen. Do the same for the other File Explorer window.
  5. These two windows are mirror images of each other – whatever you do in one will be reflected in the other. Click on ‘Documents’ (or wherever your files are stored) in the left hand panel of each of the two File Explorer windows.
  6. In one File Explorer window, open (double click) an existing folder that you would like to move files into. Alternatively you could create a new folder by clicking on the New Folder icon at the top of the File Explorer window, name the new folder and then double click on the folder to open it.
  7. In the other File Explorer window, identify the files that you would like to move into this open folder, and click and hold down and drag each of the files across into the open folder in the other File Explorer window. To Select multiple files in a row, click on the first file, hold down ‘Shift’ on the keyboard and then click on the last of the files in the row.