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

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

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."

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

Posted on

Soaring plane image

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial