How Documents in Windows 10 Are Organized

By Peter Weverka

All the data, whether it’s for the Windows 10 program files, apps, or even printer drivers, inside your computer is stored on a disk. Your computer has a primary disk, formally called the internal hard drive. You may see this disk referred to as the C: drive. (The terms drive and disk are interchangeable.)

The contents of a disk are organized into individual files. When you save a document, you create a file on a disk. Many other files on the disk belong to the programs you use, including the thousands of files that make up Windows 10.

Disks also are organized into folders, which are containers for files. For its own files, Windows 10 has a main folder that contains dozens of other folders (called subfolders). Inside or below that user account folder, Windows 10 creates more folders to help you organize your files by type. For example, by default all your photos go into the Pictures folder, and all your documents go into the Documents folder.

You can search for files and explore your disk, folders, and documents. You work with File Explorer in Windows 10 as you create new folders to organize documents and move files from one folder to another. You also can copy files from your hard disk to other disks to take with you or give to other people. File management is much more exciting than it may sound so far.

Finally, you can create and join a homegroup so that you can share your files with others over a home network.