alphabetizing one-third cut manila file folders
If you use the plain manila file folders, as recommended in the book, for your general reference filing, do you use the standard one-third cut type?
I guess those are designed to alternate the folder title tab among the three positions: left, center, right, followed again by left, center, right, etc., so as to maximize visibility of the labels. However, if you want to have the folders alphabetized, then I guess that doesn't quite work, because you never know when you're going to want to insert a new topic into the alphabetized stream.
How do you handle this? Do you just simply not worry about maintaining that sort of idealized "alternating" position of the folder title tabs?
I use single cut folders instead
They're a little more expensive, but they provide lots room for labelling and it gives the entire drawer a very neat appearance.
if you want to have the folders alphabetized
With 3 tabs folders, you can manage to have, for any folder, a tab different from the previous and next ones - and then maintain in any circumstances visibility of the label.
you have :
file "AAA" tab 1
file "BBB" tab 2
file "CCC" tab 3
file "DDD" tab 1
and so on.
If you have to insert a file "Alpha", between "AAA" and "BBB" you chose for this new file the only available tab : not 1 nor 2, but 3. The sequence becomes tab 1 - 3 - 2 - 3 -1 : each tab can be read.
If you have now to insert "Baa" file between "Alpha" and "BBB" you choose a tab #1 and the sequence becomes 1 - 3 - 1- 2 - 3 -1 : again, each tab can be read.
And so on : you always have an available tab allowing the whole sequence to be visible.
Hope i am clear (not english fluent !) and HTH.
Removing one or two subsequent folders will ruin the whole visibility concept
Just one more "thinking" : if you remove one file, i think you can always maintain visibility in changing the next physical file for another tab.
you remove 2 => 1-3-1 : no visibility problem
you remove the first 2 => you get 1-1-3 or 1-1-2 (visibility problem)
you can always transfer the content of the second file ( the second 1) in another tabbed one ( 2 or 3, depending of the situation) to get 1-2-3 or 1-3-2
Seems to work in all circumstances ?