If you like to collect recipes for your favorite dishes, you’ll want to know the best method of organizing them on your computer.
For Macbook users, there’s a ton of great ways to organize your recipes.
But how does this work? If you want to know how to organize files on Macbook, look no further.
We’ve put together this detailed guide to show you how to organize your files – particularly recipes – in the best way possible.
How to Organize Files on Macbook
We’re going to show you how to organize files on Macbook. This way you can keep your recipes kept neatly and can access them when you need to.
Here’s what we suggest:
1. Look at the Storage
The first thing you need to do is consider how much storage you already have on your Macbook. To do this, you simply have to click on the Apple icon at the top left of your menu bar.
Then you click on ‘About This Mac.’ A dialog box will open up. Click on the Storage tab to see how much storage you currently have.
If your storage is low, the first step is to always free up storage. Do this before moving further to the next step.
2. Creating Your Recipes
The first thing to do once you have freed up your storage is to make all of your recipes available in one type of file.
We think the best file format is the PDF. Many users may prefer Word documents as these are editable. But there is a way to make alterations to a PDF – we suggest looking at this guide on how to edit a PDF on Mac.
Once you have them all in PDF format, you can distinguish your recipes from other files.
3. Organizing Your Desktop
While keeping files on your desktop isn’t always advisable, there is a way of organizing your recipes that can avoid any clutter.
You should have one single folder where you keep all your recipes. This folder can have many subfolders for added organization. For example, you can group recipes by the national origin, or by type of meal (appetizer, entree, dessert), etc.
Make sure that your folder is aligned all the way to the right or all the way to the left to make it easier to spot.
4. Where Else to Keep Your Recipes
There are other places where you can store your recipes. If you need to grab your recipes often, then you should keep your folder saved on your dock. This way, you can quickly click on the folder and access your recipes.
You can also keep your recipe folder in other areas through your Finder. You can put it in your Documents folder for example.
Within the Documents folder, you can create subfolders for your recipes folder to be kept in.
Now, let’s look at other organizing techniques that can help you with keeping your recipes accordingly.
5. Using Automation
Automation is a great way to organize your recipes on your Mac.
This way you can quickly add your recipes to your folders. For example, you can use a program like Hazel or Automator to create a command that moves any file marked as a ‘recipe’ to your recipe folder. So all you have to worry about is creating the file.
Once your file is created, you just have to run the automated task and your recipe will automatically be added to the recipe folder.
6. Merging Folders
If you happen to have 2 recipe folders with the exact same name and you put one folder in the same location as the other, you’ll get a notification asking whether you want to merge the folder or replace the existing folder.
Make sure that if you merge folders that there are no duplicate files. If you have older versions of recipes and want to update them, then you might as well replace the folder.
You can also use the Terminal application to merge folders. Simply open the Terminal application and enter the following command:
ditto ~/source_folder ~/target_folder
The ‘source_folder’ should be replaced with the name of your folder. This will automatically merge folders and prevent having any duplicate folders and files.
7. Naming Your Recipes
You have to give your recipes names that are easily locatable. The simplest way to do this is to name your recipe by the name of the meal.
If you have several recipes of the same meal, you can create a naming structure that is consistent. For example, you may want to go with “Flan 1” and “Flan 2” or define national origin if necessary such as “American Fried Chicken” and “Taiwan Fried Chicken.”
This will make it much easier to organize your recipes.
8. Using Tags
You can use tags to organize your recipes. You have the option with the Finder to add a color tag to your file.
You can include your tags to organize your recipes.
For example, the red color tag could be used for appetizers. The blue color tag can be used for entrees. Then you can use an automation application to move the appetizer recipes to the appetizer folder and the entrees recipes to the entrees folder.
Tags are a great way to organize your recipes and automatically move them to the folders where they should be.
9. Searching for Recipes
To really test if you’ve organized your recipes well, you should test out a few search methods.
You can use the Spotlight to type the name of your recipe to find it and immediately open it. You can also ask Siri to open your recipe for you.
Additionally, you can search within the Finder or use external applications such as the Launchbar.
The goal is that your recipes come up quickly for you to select. If it takes longer than expected, you may wish to rename or reorganize your recipes.
We also suggest that you look back at your recipes and find new ways to organize them every so often.
Prepare To Cook!
Now that you how to organize files on Macbook, you can properly organize your recipes and start cooking with ease!
Follow the steps in this guide and you’ll be able to find your recipes without difficulty.
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