Chapter 4. Working with Folders, Files, and Applications

In the first three chapters, you learned how to work with the desktop and windows and how to navigate the file system. Along the way, you encountered folders, files, and applications. In chapter, we’ll take a closer look at using them productively. Let’s begin with a brief explanation of each.

Folders, Files, and Applications

Folders, files, and applications appear as icons on the desktop and in the Finder window, as shown in Figure 4.1.

A variety of folder, file, and application icons.

Figure 4.1. A variety of folder, file, and application icons.

The folders on your computer are like folders in an office—they hold collections of (hopefully) ...

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