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Please. I have an I.T exam tomorrow; what is the difference between files and folders?...

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k5ado0oy | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted June 27, 2012 at 1:37 PM via web

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Please. I have an I.T exam tomorrow; what is the difference between files and folders? Can you write me a description of both?

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted June 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM (Answer #1)

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When computer program designers compiled taxonomies for storing information, they took as their paradigm the organization and vocabulary of the paper systems that preceded electronic storage.  Consequently, a “document” is a singular piece of information—a letter, a contract, etc.—and a “file” is, like a paper file, a group of documents related to each other in such a way that they would be accessed and absorbed together—the Johnson file, then, would be all the documents related to the client “Johnson.” (The icon for a file is a “manila file” like those used in a paper filing system.) “Oh, Secretary Jones, would you please bring me the Johnson file?”  The Johnson file can be found in the “Client” folder, a large, usually accordianed, folder big enough to hold several files (all related).  In computer I.T. jargon, then, the file holds several documents; the folder holds several files.  Further taxonomies (drawer, cabinet, etc.) are also possible.  On most computers, there is a folder marked Photos, in which is a file named “Vacation, 2005” and another file marked “Jimmy Birthday Party, 2003” and so on.  I will now place this response in my file "I.T. Responses" and then put that file in my folder "eNotes Responses."

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