How to Name Files

Get tips on naming files so that you'll be able to use your computer to easily find exactly what you need, when you need it.

Stever Robbins
5-minute read
Episode #134

How to Name Files

I've talked in the past about how to name your file folders to make them easy to find.You can also make files easier to find within a folder or within search results when you search for a file.

If you’re on my Facebook page, you know I’ve been learning to sing and dance for Evil Dead: The Musical. My role was the most important role of all, which I’d coveted since 2nd grade: the dancing tree, which clearly establishes that the other characters, who actually have dialog, are indeed in a cabin in the woods.

How to Name Electronic Files

I created an Evil Dead folder on my computer to hold all my Evil-Dead-related files. I downloaded song lyrics. The director emailed notes after rehearsal, telling me I had done a very good job. I found a link to a recipe for tasty, edible fake stage blood that doesn’t stain. You never know when you’ll need that. Pretty soon my folder was a jumble of files.

What tools does my computer give me to organize files? Alphabetical order. Fifty years into the computer revolution, the geniuses who make them can alphabetize. They can’t do much else (like get a date), so this is clearly their revenge.


About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.