file definition

A file or archive is a real or virtual system for organizing information through a specific classification.

A set of information classified and stored in various ways is called a file for its preservation and easy access at any time.

A file can be a system of physical files contained in boxes or other storage elements that are part of a larger set such as a public or private library or archive. Often times, the file uses a common taxonomy or classification system for all its contents that allow searching for specific data quickly and easily. The most common is alphabetical order by concept or author, but the information can also be classified according to subject areas, by chronological order or other criteria depending on the information contained in the file.

In computing, a file or file is also a set of information that is stored in virtual form to be read and / or accessed by means of a computer.

The storage and classification possibilities are much richer in a computer system, since the information does not occupy a physical space and, therefore, it is possible to keep millions of data in a very small device. You can even save text, audio or video information in one place without any inconvenience.

In turn, the system tends to automatically organize the information taxonomically, allowing the user to find it by simply entering keywords in a specific search engine, which is a quick and useful operation when the information stored is multiple. In turn, computer systems usually replicate the physical files and, thus, organize the content in folders and subfolders created and managed by the user that are located on the internal disk and that can be opened through shortcuts arranged on the virtual desktop of the computer.