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others do not, but it will be advantageous to you if you maintain a uniform
structure. Here is what I usually do: In a client folder (I use (My) Documents
for this), I maintain folders for each of my clients in which I create subfolders
according to the date that I receive the job. I find this organization of folders
helpful in many respects—end client names of projects often mean little or
nothing to me a few months after the project is finished, plus I have a good
indication of what should be archived and deleted from my hard drive (as in
everything older than two years, or some other criteria).
The best way of doing this is by labeling each subfolder within a client’s folder
with year-month-day since this gives you the easiest way to sort. Now, it’s
possible to do this manually, but it’s easier to add the date to the folder name
Naming conventions for files—if not prescribed by the client—should also have
a certain logic, and it is generally helpful to have an indication in the file name
of whether a file is an original, translated or edited file (filename_o.doc vs.
filename_t.doc vs. filename_e.doc). If you would like to batch rename a
great number of files, you can find more information on page 122.
Controlling Which Programs Are Automatically Started
If your computer is very sluggish in starting up or you don’t know what some
of the icons in the taskbar stand for, it may be a good idea to control which
programs are automatically launched when the computer starts up.
There are several ways to control which programs are started up.
If you have more icons in the taskbar then you would like to have displayed,
there is a helpful way to control their behavior. Select (Start>) Control Panel>
Taskbar (and Start Menu)> Notifications Area (in Windows 10, open the
Settings app by pressing
+I and selecting System> Notification and
Actions). Here you can set the behavior of each of the icons that are presently
displayed or have been displayed in the past.