Folders on my DesktopHow MacSparky Names Files on His Macs

I once actually named my scanned water bill Invoice.pdf. What was I thinking, naming a file Invoice.pdf? Looking at my water bills folder, there was no standard naming format; for some files, such as Invoice.pdf, there was no way to tell if it was even related to the water utility. To make matters worse, my telephone, electrical, and waste management folders for the same year also had files in them called Invoice.pdf. So I had multiple documents from about the same time with exactly the same name. Just swell.

The fact that I am a reformed sinner explains why I’m about to get all anal retentive about naming files.

You can get the lowdown on David’s filing system if you click the link at the top to read his full article on

Very thought-provoking—and over-thought—filing system. Sounds like something I would implement.