Desktop. You may save files to your desktop on Windows computers, giving you rapid access to things you may need regularly. If you wish to keep numerous files on the desktop, it's better to create a folder on the desktop. See How to Create a Directory or Folder for further information. On Mac computers, the Desktop is called the Finder Window and any file you place there will be instantly available.
There are two ways to save files on the desktop: manually and automatically. Let's look at each method in more detail.
Manually saving files to the desktop is easy. Just right-click on the file icon (image) on the desktop and select "Save As...". In this case, we want to save the file as "my picture". The file will then be saved into the same directory as the original, with the name "my picture" plus an extension that identifies the type of file (in this case, ".jpg"). Pressing the Save button starts the process immediately without requiring any user interaction. When you open the my picture file on your computer, it will be visible, just like any other image.
Automatic desktop saving works by using programs or scripts. They can be applications downloaded from the Internet, scripts created by you or another person, or even systems processes such as Windows updating itself. All automatic desktop savers work by setting a specific location where new files are to be saved.
Consider your computer or laptop to be a two-drawer filing cabinet for saving and organizing data. One drawer has your desktop screen, while the other houses your documents folder. When you open your computer or laptop, you see the desktop screen. It's called the desktop because it's used to display information on the computer screen that you can view. Documents are files saved on your computer system that may include text, pictures, or other types of media. They can be work files saved by your employees that need to be accessible, or personal files like letters from friends and family. Everyone has documents they want to keep track of, so computers were created to help people organize their paperwork.
In addition to being able to create new documents, it's also important that you can find existing documents easily. Computers make this process easy by keeping all your documents in one place, known as a directory or file system. There are three types of directories used by computers: root, personal, and temporary. Root directories are the highest level of the file system and contain the operating system itself. Only an administrator can add files to the root directory. Personal directories are used to store files for a single user. These directories are stored on each computer individually and can contain data about that user's experience with the company who owns the computer or software they use. Temporary directories are part of the memory of the computer and delete themselves when there's no longer any active code referencing them.
A few common locations for saving files include "desktop" or "documents," followed by a specified folder. You do not need to use Finder to access a file that you saved on your desktop. Simply minimize all of your windows and click on it from there. You may open the file by double-clicking it. Files saved as plain text in TextEdit are actually saved in the Dropbox folder.
To save a file to your desktop, right-click on the file icon and select the option "Save As...". The file will be saved in the same location as any other document on your computer. You can also use the keyboard to save a file. Press Command + S at the same time as clicking the mouse button to save the file directly to your desktop.
If you have the Photos app opened, then hitting Save will bring up the dialog shown below. Here you can choose what to name the file and where to save it. Click OK to save the image.
On a mobile device, you can tap the menu icon on the top left of the screen, then scroll down to find the Settings item. Here you can change many aspects of how the file system works on iOS devices. In particular, you can set how the photos app displays images, where they are stored, and even whether the device has a microSD card slot so you don't run out of space.
On Windows PCs, all document-related files (such as word processor and spreadsheet files) are saved by default in the My Documents folder. To make it easy to backup all of your essential files, we recommend placing all documents in this folder. It's also a good idea to create a separate folder for each client or project you work on; if you have multiple clients or projects going on at once, it will help you keep track of which files go with which client or project.
Other popular file folders for saving documents include: Desktop, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Public, and Videos. Each user has their own directory on their hard drive named after their username; this is where all of your personal files are stored. Users can view their own directory listing by clicking the "My Computer" icon on the desktop and selecting the "View Files" option. Keep in mind that one user's trash is another user's treasure; if you delete a file from your computer, another user may want to see it so they can take advantage of the free space it uses up. So even though you should never share files outside of a network unless you want everyone who has access to your computer to be able to read them, there are cases where it makes sense to allow this to happen.
All file types can be saved in any folder. It's just a question of what type of file it is.
While using the desktop for temporary storage is acceptable, it is likely to rapidly spin out of hand and become a shambles. Unless you are meticulous about upkeep, you will ultimately fall to the following problems: There are no file backups: By default, many file backup tools disregard desktop files. If your laptop dies or gets stolen, you'll have nothing to restore your data from.
It's a mess: Even if you do your best to keep track of which folder contains which file, before long there will be dozens or even hundreds of items in one place. It's easy to misplace something that way.
I don't want to use Windows Explorer anymore: Many people dislike Windows Explorer because they think it's hard to use or lacks features. But the worst thing about Explorer is not its difficulty but its simplicity- it's so simple that most people never learn how to use it properly. The desktop is equivalent in some ways: It's easy to use but also has a lot of potential to cause confusion and headaches if used improperly.
The next time you feel like storing a file on the desktop, consider these two options: Use the Desktop as a Temporary Storage Location or Use the Windows Explorer Desktop as a Linked Folder. There are many other ways to store a file, such as using Dropbox or Google Drive.