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Organizing Cross Stitch Patterns on Your PC

This article can help if you're struggling with basic PC organization terms such as "files", "folders", "disks/drives" etc. If you know all of this well, scroll down to see how we suggest categorizing your patterns library. This method may save you time when you're trying to find a pattern that is somewhere on your PC.

Explaining the Basic PC Terms in Human Language

Your computer is like a library.

It has one or more rooms with shelves (the so-called hard drives) to store your furniture and other stuff (information in the form of files, which are organized by folders). Modern hard drives can store plenty of files on them and are quite reliable. If you download patterns from the Internet to your hard drive (usually drive C:\), you may feel relatively safe. However, we suggest creating backup copies of everything that is important for you on CDs. Backup of important information will be handy if your hard drive breaks or if your PC is infected with computer virus and you are forced to delete everything and start over on a "clean" PC.

Attention: Avoid storing important information on 1.44MB floppy disks. They break often, and are absolutely unreliable. It's a good idea to use floppy disks only when you want to copy a small amount of information from one computer to another very quickly. They are a bad media for storing files on.

Your PC should also have at least one garage (a slot for floppy disk and/or CD-ROM drive). These slots are there to allow you to back up information on inexpensive portable media and to be able to use portable media that you buy (CDs with programs, patterns, etc).

Every computer has a hard drive called "C:\". We will now show you how to organize a nice "shelf" for your embroidery patterns on drive C:\.

After you turn on your computer, click "Start" ---> "My Computer", using your mouse. You will see icons that represent all "information storage" devices that your PC has. Double click on icon that corresponds to drive C (it is labeled as "Local Disk C:" - see screen-shots):

Open My Computer

Locate C-drive

C-Drvive Content

Create Your Own Folder

Rename New Folder

Name the Folder - Embroidery Patterns

Embroidery Patterns Folder is Ready

When you know how to create folders, you may make special folders for organizing different types of files. For example, you can navigate to a folder you've just created, called "Embroidery_Patterns", and make a few sub-folders inside it for storing different design themes. Each folder may include an unlimited number of sub-folders and files inside it, so it's easy to organize everything in a logical way.

If you don't have any better system in mind, you may start by organizing your patterns by themes.

To do this, inside "Embroidery_Patterns" folder create several sub-folders inside of the "Embroidery Patterns" folder - one for each design theme. Name these new folders accordingly:

1. Fonts_Monograms
2. Project_Oriented_Sets (for collections like our Violets, Roses Allure etc - when one set includes many shapes in one style that can be used for decorating an entire room)
3. Floral
4. Marine
5. Animals_Birds
5. Ethnic
6. Holidays_Events
7. Famous_Styles ( for patterns in Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Edwardian, Victorian, Retro, and other known styles)

Always give significant names to files and folders that you create. You may use English letters, numbers, and underscores in file names. Avoid using any special marks or foreign letters, in file names, since these character often cause problems later.

Using the Folders You've Just Created

Download all of your new patterns directly to the "Embroidery_Patterns" folder, unzip them if necessary, and check that you're happy with the files. If everything is ok, move them to the sub-folder they fit the most. By doing this, you will have your patterns sorted in a logical way, and you'll be able to find everything you need, when you need it.

To transfer a file (or a folder with all its contents) from one location to another, click once on the file (or folder) icon, then click "Edit" ---> "Cut" on the top menu. Navigate to the destination folder; once there, click "Edit" ---> "Paste".

It's also possible to transfer many different filesfrom one place to another all at once. To do this, hold down the "Ctrl" key and mark all of the files you wish to move. After they're all marked, continue as you did when transferring a single file/folder.

From time to time, remember to backup your embroidery patterns, and other important files to CDs!

Wish you a Most Wonderful Day & Happy Stitching!

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