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File Locations and Paths

When you access a file on an operating system, a file path is required. The file path is a string that represents the location of a file. It’s broken up into three major parts:

  1. Folder Path: the file folder location on the file system where subsequent folders are separated by a forward slash / (Unix) or backslash \ (Windows)
  2. File Name: the actual name of the file
  3. Extension: the end of the file path pre-pended with a period (.) used to indicate the file type

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