Where Did My File Folder Go??

Have you ever panicked (note: not “paniced”) when the online folder containing your most important files suddenly disappears from the directory where it was only a few minutes ago? Rather than screaming “OMG” and calling up the IT Help Desk, take a deep breath, maintain your calm, and do the following as methodically as possible, and you will find
it. Trust me.

Plan A: Check the folders above and below where the missing folder used to be. Just double-click on them to open them and see if the folder is there. Sometimes – especially when your mouse hand is tense – you can accidentally click and drag an entire folder into a neighboring folder. So check two or three folders above and below, and if you find it, just click and drag it back into the parent folder where it belongs.

Plan B: If you don’t find your folder at the neighbor’s residence, go to the directory above the parent folder and in the upper right search box (with the magnifying glass) type in the
missing folder’s exact name. Then be very, very quiet. And patient. And long-suffering. Take a sip of coffee. After a long, long time, the search engine will have gone through all the folders in that directory to find where your missing folder ended up. Move it back to where it was supposed to be, and breathe a sigh of relief.

Plan C: Scream “OMG” and call the IT Help Desk. They will surely find your folder in yesterday’s backup.

Fortunately, Plan A has worked for me once, and Plan B has worked for me once. I’ve never had to resort to Plan C… yet.

Profound Quote of the Day:

“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.”
–  Graham Greene, British playwright, 1904-1991


One Response to “Where Did My File Folder Go??”

  1. Alice Says:

    But really, having to give advice on how to find a folder on your own computer? I thought TWs were supposed to be at least moderately tech-literate. I do hope it was just for describing the psychological process of a minor screwup messing up all your work – that, everyone can relate to.

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