I use a HON filing cabinet. I don't have hanging files, instead I use the back metal slider. My cabinet came with a metal back that is on a track down the middle of the bottom of the drawer. This slides back and forth, thereby creating a "holding place" for my files.
NOT all cabinets have this. If this is the case, I work with clients to set up their own personal system using (yes, you guessed it!) hanging files. In fact, the way to make this work is:
- put only one manila folder in each hanging folder
- label the manila folder (not the plastic insert piece to the hanging folder)
I understand your frustration. In your case, I might recommend either:
a new file cabinet; or
using hanging files.
Hope that helps!
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