Here’s a little trick you can use to facilitate getting to the folders you want to reach- have the Windows Vista/7/8 File Explorer launch directly to root folders that you use the most.
Normally, clicking the File Explorer icon on the Windows taskbar launches Libraries (something I rarely use, and dislike moving through). By right-clicking the File Explorer icon, then right-clicking “File Explorer” near the end of the list, and the selecting Properties, you get to a window from which you can change what folder/window pops up when you click on the File Explorer in the taskbar.
I’ve set mine to “D:\[User]” since that’s the root folder that contains all of my other folders such as “Documents”, “Videos”, and “Pictures”. At first glance, it may not seem very different, but I prefer the navigation and presentation of “normal” folders over the Libraries collection.
What will you use yours for? Will you make it a shortcut to your academic folders? Perhaps you will link it to your trove of pictures? Or maybe you will completely ignore this tip, and opt for one of the countless other ways to create shortcuts to folders?