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    Here , for those of us who need it, is an article from the How-To Geek called Zen and the Art of File and Folder Organization

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    Many thanks for this very useful tip.

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    Good article.
    With a well organized file system who needs a search function. Just one more resource that can be disabled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clint Rossmere View Post
    Good article.
    With a well organized file system who needs a search function. Just one more resource that can be disabled.

    In Win 7 the search fucntion does much more than search for a file. It is literally a shortcut to apps. Even with a very organized file system, it can take a while to drill down to the file you are actually looking for since you could have a large amount of data stored in a myriad of folders. If you know the name of the folder within which the file resides, you can use the search function to drill to that folder more quickly. I would not disable the search function just yet. I believe it could very well be a time saver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    In Win 7 the search fucntion does much more than search for a file. It is literally a shortcut to apps. Even with a very organized file system, it can take a while to drill down to the file you are actually looking for since you could have a large amount of data stored in a myriad of folders. If you know the name of the folder within which the file resides, you can use the search function to drill to that folder more quickly. I would not disable the search function just yet. I believe it could very well be a time saver.
    FWIW - On XP I use a launcher called FARR (find and run robot) that does the same thing - an 'on the fly' scan of files and folders as you type the name in.
    This sounds like the feature built in to W7 - and for me it is *much* faster than clicking through a folder tree if i have to go more than one or two levels.

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    That's a pretty good article. Except for creating short cuts and avoiding long file names, I've been doing most of what's suggested there since the dawn of time. Shortcuts can get confusing in themselves. The less the better I say. Tip #39 pretty much eliminates the need to have shortcuts for each sub directory. I use the following command in my Explorer shortcut to open to the desired folder: C:\Windows\explorer.exe /select, C:\Data\ . And long file names are there for a reason. If you organize your data directory properly (pretty much as suggested), long file names are never an issue. Doing things this way makes it very easy to protect my data (backups), and easy to move to a new machine without jumping through a lot of hoops.
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