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    when I download something that is free...from where ever...how do I find it on my computer some day ?
    I know there is stuff there I just don't know how to access it.

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    You can right click, push save as, then look to the left and I usually have it on my desk top, making a folder to save "patterns" in
    push save or ok

    hope its clear as mud!

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    Usually if it is a PDF file they go to your photo file, and if not try searching for your item. I made a pattern file in my documents just for that. I use to lose mine all the time! Now I just save all my quilting patterns to that file and know exactly where they are.

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    if you know what the file is named, you can use the "Find" function.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suezquilts
    You can right click, push save as, then look to the left and I usually have it on my desk top, making a folder to save "patterns" in
    push save or ok
    I have this same problem. If something is not on my desktop, I can never find it again.

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    I save my "freebies" to my documents. Once you go to the document secton make a new folder and name it what ever it is for example " how to miter corners". Then drag your downloaded file into that folder. This will be your sub folder. Make another folder and title it, for example, "my quilting how tos". Continue to do make folders with all your downloads regarding information to doing something related to quilting. Keep adding your new floders to the main fold of "my quilting how tos" then when you are searching for an article about what ever, open the folder and there will be all your sub folders with each of your downloaded articles. You can add the downloads to the main folder without putting them into a seperate folder but sometimes it is harder to find what you want with so many items in the folder. (unless you title your individual articles well )

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    I always can find them in documents. That is where they normally are sent when you download them as a pdf file. Some computers have a my downloads section where you can go find them.
    When you download, you can tell it where to go by chosing from the dropdown menu if you click on it before you download the file.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGarnet222
    I always can find them in documents. That is where they normally are sent when you download them as a pdf file. Some computers have a my downloads section where you can go find them.
    When you download, you can tell it where to go by chosing from the dropdown menu if you click on it before you download the file.
    where are documents ??
    sorry

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    I ask my DSIL, he can always find it for me.....

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    You need to save them to a file. Otherwise if its not set up to go to soecific file it will save in a temp file.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hannajo
    Quote Originally Posted by suezquilts
    You can right click, push save as, then look to the left and I usually have it on my desk top, making a folder to save "patterns" in
    push save or ok
    I have this same problem. If something is not on my desktop, I can never find it again.
    that is not funny i feel the same way

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    Dreamer 2009 - I will call you tomorrow and tell you where it is. Hard to write it all. *H*U*G*S*

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    The best way I have found to keep all of the patterns in one place and not fill up your PC is to buy a USb stick and save them to it. then you know where they all are..

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    I save them to a my documents in a file I called "downloaded patterns" I can open the file and look throught what is there.

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    Once I realized that My Documents was like a giant filing cabinet and I could put file folders filled with patterns, instructions in those folders, it made my life a whole lot easier. My "filing cabinet" is full of folders named Quick Quilts, Quilting Tips or Crib Quilts etc. Now it is just a matter of clicking on My Documents, high lighting and opening Crib Quilts and scrolling through and selecting the pattern I need. You need to spend a little time with a patient friend, niece or granddaughter who could help you set up this system and show you how to use it.

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    Go to your documents file & make a PDF quilt patterns file. When I down load patterns I click my documents then open the PDf & save to it. I do my embroidery files the same way.

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    I'm computer stupid! I saved, saved, but couldn't find. They were in "MY DOCUMENTS". My friend has now shown me how to make folders! So now I'm making folders of PP, applique, tips,ect.. So much eASIER TO FIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR!

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    when I download anything, I always save it to my desktop (you have to look at the download box address and make sure you change it where you want it to be downloaded to) and then put it in a folder I put on the desktop. I have quilt, sew, craft, recipe, and xmas to make folders just loaded w/ free downloads from the net. share t

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    I save them to a file I have on the desktop and then periodically I download the file to a CD, that way I'll have all those lovely patterns when needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jojosnana
    I ask my DSIL, he can always find it for me.....
    My DH is always finding stuff for me.

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    My stuff seems to download automatically to a file called "downloads". From there I can find them, open them up, and then do a "file save as...." and put them into the folder I want them to be in. So, start by doing a search for "downloads" from you start menu.

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    I highlight the address and send myself an e-mail. Then I put it in a folder marked "quilts" in my g-mail. I want to save on my home computer and I am usually at work when I am doing this, LOL.

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    I am a Mac user so I know that my computer is different. However, it took me a while to realize that my computer had a "default" which sent all my downloads to a (you guessed it) a "downloads" folder. LOL Boy did I feel - well you know? Now I am careful to "save as" and pick where my downloads go because in the "download" folder they have strange names that I cannot always identify. I am much more careful now and if I forget, I go through my download file and start opening them up until I find the one I want and then "save as" where I want it or can find it more easily.

    I have to say...I really hate that my computer is smarter than I am. UGH

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    Not all downloads are automatically saved unless you set things up in varied ways. First you download, then when the download has finished you open the file and save it to the location that you want. if it is a pdf you right click on the mouse and then choose the option "save as" . That way, you should find them again. If you find it difficult to find stuff within the file, type the relevant words in the search box at the top RH corner of your screen and the computer will search for you.
    If you have not saved your downloads, go to the downloads folder of your computer or to the folder within your downloader program, open it there and save it to a common location.

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    I don't save anything I don't have to, to my hard drive, Always to desk top or (AOL) to mananged mail. So if computer crashes I will not lose all I've saved, well I would lose on desk top but not in manage mail. :)

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