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2. Create Folders and Change Colors

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In the previous video, you added files to Drive for different classes, including Math, Biology, Spanish, History, and Literature.

The files are stored in Drive, but you have to scroll through them to find what you need.

In this video, you will create color-coded folders and subfolders to store the files you added to Drive.

Creating and color coding folders makes it easier and faster to find files because you can keep class notes, projects, and assignments in separate places.

Think of Google Drive like a dresser.

Each folder is a drawer, where you can separate your belongings into categories.

Just like you have a drawer for t-shirts, a drawer for socks, and a drawer for pants, you can create folders to store different kinds of files in Drive.

For example, you might have separate folders for classes, a club or committee, and a community event you’re organizing.

Within each folder, you can create subfolders to store and organize related files.

In the dresser example, think of subfolders like drawer dividers.

One section of your shirt drawer could be for t-shirts, another section might be for long-sleeved shirts, and another section could be for tank tops.

Even though there are three different sections, they are all part of the same shirt drawer.

In Drive, you could have a folder for your Math class, with subfolders inside for class notes, group project materials, and study guides and test preparation.

To start, open your Practice Organizing Files in Drive folder.

Then, create a new folder for one of the classes you added files for and give it a descriptive name.

The new file shows up in your Drive.

Continue adding and naming new folders until you have one for each of your classes: Literature, Math, Biology, History, and Spanish.

Next, color-code your folders.

Color coding helps you easily recognize folders whenever you open Google Drive.

Choose a color for each new folder you created.

Use a color coding system that helps you remember what each folder is for.

You might match folder colors to your class binders or notebooks.

Or, match your folder colors to the colors of your classroom walls.

Or, use your favorite colors for your favorite classes.

Once you’ve changed the colors of your folders, create subfolders to store specific class files.

This example creates a subfolder in the Literature folder to store materials for an upcoming paper.

Look at your files, and think about how you might group them into subfolders inside your class folders.

You might create a subfolder for notes in a particular subject and make another for a group project, for example.

As you create subfolders, they automatically show up inside your original folders.

Create at least one subfolder inside each class folder for storing your class files.

Now, it’s your turn: Create and name new class folders for Literature, Math, Spanish, Biology, and History, Give each folder a unique color, And create at least one subfolder inside each class folder for storing class files.

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  1. Create and name new class folders for Literature, Math, Spanish, Biology, and History.
  2. Give each folder a unique color.
  3. Create at least one subfolder inside each class folder for storing class files.