6 Tips to Better Control Your Microsoft Windows Files and Folders – Komando | Hot Mobile Press

You start your Windows PC, browse endless folders on your desktop and can’t remember where you put that file. Did you accidentally hide it? Who knows. Tap or click here to use Safe Mode to diagnose problems on your Windows PC.

Windows can be difficult to navigate at times. Organizing your files and processes with folders can be helpful if you know how to make the most of them.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed. We’ve compiled this short list of six simple folder tricks to help you organize your folders and get the most out of them.

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1. Delete empty folders

Everyone has empty folders on their PC. Having a few hundred empty folders isn’t a big deal and won’t slow down your PC, but these folders can interfere with your software and make programs difficult to run properly.

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You want to delete old empty folders to keep your PC nice and clean. Most empty folders are leftover directories from software you deleted, so let’s get rid of them.

  1. Type this PC in the search bar next to the Windows start button. Beat this PC to open the app.
  2. Click on that Search tab at the top right of your File Explorer screen.
  3. For Windows 10 users, this will open the search menu. Click on that size filter and adjust empty to show empty folders.
  4. For Windows 11 users, you may need to type something in the search box beforehand search options appear at the top of the file manager Window.
  5. Click on search options to open the drop-down menu, then hover over it size. You can sort by empty or file size.

Empty files are often left in temporary data folders. Over time, the size of all those empty folders can add up. Try to delete all empty folders at least twice a year to keep your PC running smoothly.

2. Make a secret folder

Do you use a public computer or one that your kids or friends can access? Some things shouldn’t be visible on the desktop (or via a search). You can keep a folder completely secret.

Windows has a workaround to keep your folders secret. It’s called encryption and it’s a complicated process. The steps to encrypt folder may be difficult for some, but it is not impossible. Tap or click here for detailed instructions on how to complete the task.

3. Use keyboard shortcuts to quickly move folders

You have many folders on your desktop, making it tedious to quickly locate photos, text documents, or videos you want to access.

These simple keyboard shortcuts make navigating your desktop much easier. Wouldn’t it be nice to save time and still have access to the files you’re looking for?

  1. press and hold ctrl and use yours mouse scroll wheel to change the size and appearance of your folder icon.
  2. press and hold ctrl and changethen press the e button to show you all folders above the subfolder you are currently browsing.
  3. press and hold ctrl and changethen press the n button to create a brand new folder and reorganize your files.
  4. press and hold old and tap yours right arrow key to visit the next folder.

Learning keyboard shortcuts takes time, but once you learn that, you’ll zoom through folders and files so much faster than before.

4. Find out what’s taking up all of your space

Large files clog up free space on your PC and can slow it down. Deleting large files (and then restarting your PC) can seriously affect your PC speed. These steps are similar to our first tip.

  1. Click on this PC from your file explorer.
  2. Click on that Search tab at the top right of your File Explorer screen.
  3. For Windows 10 users, this will open the search menu. Click on the filter and set it large file sizes to show your largest folders and files first.
  4. For Windows 11 users, you may need to type something in the search box beforehand search options appear at the top of the file manager Window. Sort by size and adjust gigantic First.

You can quickly find files you no longer need, sorted from largest to smallest. Delete the files, then empty your recycle bin and restart your PC.

5. Change your folder layout

When you open a folder, you are bombarded with a huge grid of all the files it contains. You can change how files are displayed to make it easier to navigate within a specific folder.

  1. Open the folder you want to access.
  2. right click on the background of your folder.
  3. Hover the mouse over the outlook Tab of the drop-down menu.
  4. Choose your preferred layout from the menu.
  5. You can choose extra large icons when trying to preview photos before opening.
  6. You can also choose list or details to display concise information about your files, making it easier to find PDF and Word documents.

A NOTICE: Sometimes Windows will notice when you select the same display layout in a new folder and may automatically apply it to other folders to save time.

6. Find folders and files that you have hidden in the past

Have you accidentally hidden a folder in the past? It can happen accidentally. Then the folder suddenly disappears into nothingness of your PC. Don’t worry, you can easily retrieve it.

  1. Open file manager from your Windows taskbar.
  2. Choose outlook tab, then click options and Change folder and search options.
  3. Select the outlook Tab.
  4. Look at them advanced settings section and check the box to show hidden files and folders. Confirm by clicking OK.

Your hidden folders should be back where they started. If it’s been a while since you last saw them, you can search for the file title in your search bar at this PC section of file manager.

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