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When attending school, one of the first steps you learn is to be organized. Being organized applies not only to your daily life, but to your computer as well. While you are in school, you will write papers, complete spreadsheets, and do presentations for all of the classes you take. After a few classes, you will notice that you have quite a few files. These will be the papers that you turned in as assignments, various rough drafts, and different versions of the items you completed for all of your classes. This can eventually add up to hundreds of files.


A good file management system is necessary to organize your files. A file management system is made up of files and file folders. You can copy, delete, rename, and move these files and folders around as you like.


For this lab, you will create a file management structure for your classes here at AIU. You will follow the steps listed below to create this file structure. After you create this file structure, you will create a screenshot using Print Screen, or you will use the Snipping Tool that is in Windows 10. This will create a copy of your file structure that you can then paste into a Word document that you will turn in. Please refer to the Web resources section for help with creating a screenshot.


You will begin this lab by doing the following:

  • Step 1: Right-click on the Windows Start button, and open Windows Explorer.
  • Step 2: Go to My Documents.
  • Step 3: Under My Documents, create a folder named “(your first name your last name) AIU Courses.” After this folder is created, open the new folder.
  • Step 4: Create a new subfolder named “COMP102.”
  • Step 5: Start Word
  • Step 6: Save a new document as (your last name_your first name)_U1_LDA.docx (e.g., Doe_John_U1_LDA.docx) in the COMP102 subfolder.
  • Step 7: Go to Windows Explorer. Take a screenshot of how your directory looks by using the Snipping Tool in Windows 7 or by doing a Print Screen. The copy command (Ctrl + C) will put a picture of your file structure in your clipboard.
  • Step 8: In your Word document, paste the picture of your directory structure. It should look similar to the example below, but it will likely contain other folders. It does not have to look exactly like this, but it should show the AIU Courses folder and the COMP102 folder.

  • Step 9: Save this document with the name in the COMP102 subfolder as (your last name_your first name)_U1_IP.docx (e.g., Doe_John_U1_IP.docx).
  • Step 10: Submit your Word document.

To learn more about Windows 10, select one or both of the following video links.

  • This video is a brief tutorial. (9 minutes)
  • This video is a more comprehensive tutorial. (37 minutes

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