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Posted on Saturday 29 March 2008 at 8:18 pm

Anal Retentive Help Needed


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Before I sent Shiny New Laptop I off to be repaired, I moved every from the My Docs and My Pics folders, among other things, onto a couple of jumpdrives. I'm now moving it all onto Shiny New Laptop II. I figure since I'm already moving it, I might as well organize everything better, delete stuff I don't need anymore, and generally tidy up things a bit. Which means I have to address an issue I've had for a while and I need some help. Probably in more way than one, but let's try to focus on solving what I perceive to be my immediate problem and ignore the larger psychological issues underlying it all, mkay?

This problem applies to many things, but I'm going to use Harry Potter as the example. I have Harry Potter images. I have Harry Potter word documents and other basic files. How should I organize those? Should I have a Harry Potter folder in My Docs and a separate Harry Potter folder in My Pics? Or should I have one large Harry Potter folder and have doc and pic folders within that? If I go the second route, I think I'd put the Harry Potter folder in My Docs, but is there a better location for it? Also, I have LJ and Lego folders. Forgetting about the Doc versus Pic issue for now, what do I do with my Harry Potter Lego stuff and my Harry Potter LJ icons? Put them in the Harry Potter folders or in the Lego and LJ folders? What do y'all think would make the most sense and make things the easiest to find?

I've decided to make a "Rachael is anal" tag. I think it could get a lot of use. Especially considering that now that I've created it I want to go back and add it to a bunch of old posts so everything is organized.
Confused
Feeling: Confused
Exploring: Bed
Listening: Huey Lewis - Once Upon a Time in New York City

Comments:

godricgal
godricgal at 1:10 am on 30 March 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm so glad I'm not the only person who has this puzzle! Not that I'm surprised you do. ;)

I have ended up going with a Harry Potter folder in My Pics and a Harry Potter folder in My Docs, simply because image editing software will give you My Pics as the default folder from which to open a file, which saves time. (If you do it that way, Windows 95 was supposed to encourage us all to be document orientated, but it certainly hasn't yet worked for me! Although Vista makes it easier, I think.) Vista also has tags, but I've not played around with those very heavily yet and so I don't know how workable tags are with applications, but I reckon tagging files would be a good habit to get into.

I don't really know what the answer is - when I was running XP I put everything in My Docs, apart from files that came straight off my camera before being sorted, which when in My Pics, but I think Vista is slightly more intelligent on that front and I seem to be getting more in the hang of separating the file types into My Pics and My Docs.

If you happen upon a perfect solution I would love to know - but I think separating into pictures and documents and using tags to bridge it is probably the way to go.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 1:26 am on 30 March 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Not that I'm surprised you do. ;)
LOL. Thanks.

Tags, hmmm... I'm new enough at Vista I've not done anything with those yet. I've seen the option pop up while I was moving things around but was so focused on getting stuff where I need it now that I kind of pushed this new feature to the back of mind as something to investigate later. I am a fan of organized tags on my LJ as we all know so perhaps I'll like this new feature on Windows. Sounds like a reasonable idea to me.

Now, could you by chance tell me (1) Why I had a password-protected document on SNL I named "Junk" and (2) What is the password to open "Junk"? I'm clueless.


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