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Finders Keepers

Ever lose a computer file? You'll appreciate these tips for keeping things in order.

How many times have you spent hours writing a proposal--or been up all night putting together a sales presentation--only to discover the next day that the file is nowhere to be found? You accidentally saved it to the wrong subdirectory on your hard disk . . . and now you have no idea where it is.

What about when you're working with documents on a network, and you need to quickly locate a crucial document to complete a sale? Or you have a mass of documents on your hard drive, and you need to find all the ones that contain information on a particular company?

In each case, you'll save considerable time by developing a strategy for finding your files before you actually need them. You may already have all the tools you need right in your operating system or in your application software. Or, if you often need to quickly search information by key words from a wide range of documents, you might want to consider more specialized software.

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This article was originally published in the January 1996 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Finders Keepers.

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