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Folder in WindowsA folder is a virtual location where programs, files, and other folders can be located. Computers with an Apple, Microsoft Windows, or other GUI operating system have folders to help users store and organize their files and are accessed using a File Manager. The picture shows an example of what a folder with files looks like in Microsoft Windows.

Tip: If you are looking for a program folder, on Windows programs are installed into the program files folder.

Tip: When in a command line, folders are referred to as directories.

What type of files can be stored in a folder?

A folder can contain any type of file and can even store other folders with their own files.

Why are folders so boring looking?

Although some operating systems and programs give can change the color of a folder, most folders are boring because they are designed to resemble the yellow folders you find in an office.

Also see: Directory, Operating system terms