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    on a computer file vs in a computer file

    Do we store pictures or infoprmation on a computer file or in a computer file?
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    Re: on a computer file vs in a computer file

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    Do we store pictures or infoprmation on a computer file or in a computer file?
    I'd say "in", but I don't think there is any rule.

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    Re: on a computer file vs in a computer file

    I'd probably say 'on', though I'd use 'in' if the word 'computer' weren't there.

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    Re: on a computer file vs in a computer file

    We say, "We have it on file", "I have it stored on file somewhere." - in neither case would "in file" be used, though we might say, "I have it stored in my files somewhere."

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    Re: on a computer file vs in a computer file

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    Having information "on file" is not the same meaning as having information "in a file".

    (With computers) Information is always stored in a file, in a directory, or in a folder. You might get away with "on a file on this disk", but that's because of the "on .. disk". It still should be "in a file on this disk".

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    Re: on a computer file vs in a computer file

    Agreed. In the early days of computing (before the first ominous stirrings of MS/Dos V1.0, before even CP/M - which I trained on in the early '80s), software engineers appropriated a not entirely sound metaphor for virtual sorage of data. A file, before computers, was a collection of letters and other documents relating to one thing (a customer, a transaction... anything). In my first non-computer) job, a file contained information about one motor vehicle.

    If something is 'on file' it's stored somewhere in the organization - quite possibly on paper, although nowadays it may be kept 'in a file' on a computer (or in 'the cloud'*).

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    Re: on a computer file vs in a computer file

    What about this sentence from an article? "The official would not describe the documents except to say that they appeared to contain classified material and were stored on a computer file."

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    Re: on a computer file vs in a computer file

    I would use in there.

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    Re: on a computer file vs in a computer file

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I didn't make it up!
    Nobody suggested that you did.People differ in the way they use prepositions here.

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