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  1. Be very careful when depending on built-in system folders. Especially "Libraries", where Windows can actually be redirecting to other folders without looking like a shortcut, or vice versa. I have multiple HDD, and store docs on all, which can be accessed from both the drive running the current Win 7, or when running from the other. If I open Explorer with <Win key>+<E>, then open Libraries in the left area, it shows "Documents," under that "My Documents." Clicking "Documents," the right area retitles the display "Documents library." Under that to the right it does show multiple folders, some under "My Documents" actually shown to be on C:Users<my admin name>, and another group shown to be on D:Users<my admin name>Documents, another group as Public Documents, on C:UsersPublicDocuments, and one last group on D:UsersPublicDocuments. If I just click and open any folder in these groups, the Explorer address bar displays just "Libraries> Documents>Folder," but when I click inside that address area, suddenly the actual location changes to "D:UsersPublicDocumentsFolder," where both the folders and the actual physical drive are entirely different. Failing to notice such differences can be catastrophic – imagine you think you're consolidating all important files to your Library Document folder, then decide to re-format your old D drive. Thanks, Microsoft.
    Windows can play funny with access permissions also; if you move things from your personal folders to Public folders, you may find you aren't allowed to open something you created elsewhere. To be safe, and redundant, it is a good practice to copy, not just move, any documents you want to protect, into a separate folder NOT named with a Windows folder name, away from the Windows Documents folders structure altogether. Better to create this on a separate partition; best, on a separate HDD, even an external removable one like WD Passports. This separates your stuff from Windows peculiarities, creates a redundant backup, and can be moved easily to another computer, or taken to a safe offsite location.

  2. the video stopped working halfway through this i.e. you can't see your mouse moving over the screen

  3. Thanks for the video… in addition, my friends and I use FolderChanger – It can help you better organize files and documents using proper folder management. Search "Folderchanger" with google. It works great.

  4. lost me after 11 minutes…the arrow key froze.

  5. The video freezes up half way through the tutorial. I feel like you are setting me up for failure.

  6. Gregg I am glad it was of some help to you.

  7. I am moving them to documents by right clicking the icon on desktop and selecting move to documents.   I can then add a short cut.

  8. Thank you, I just realized all my desktop are folders, not shortcuts!   If I had knocked one in the trash,  it would have been in danger of me cleaning house…  the folders on my desk top are very very valuable, that would have been as bad as crypto lock virus that I got last yr.

  9. Thank you , you thought me shotcuts in explorer that work in Illustrator too.

  10. Yikes!….   = [I HATE Computers!!!!]

  11. very clear and simple thankyou..

  12. The control key is spelled ctrl on the keyboard.

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