Organizing Your TpT Purchases

If you are anything like me, then you have bought tons of things from TpT but don't really know what you have. Today I'm going to share with you a way to organize your purchases without printing out everything. I'm going to focus on PDF files that have multiple components, like ELA centers. It is also possible to do this with PowerPoint, but most of what I have purchased are PDFs. I will also tell you that I'm using Adobe Reader on my MacBook Pro running 10.8.4. Your options might be a little different.

So let's say you purchased this fantastic set for your ELA centers, but you don't really remember what skills are included.

Option #1 - Print a proof page for all slides

Go to File-Print to get this screen:

You are going to change some settings to make a proof sheet. Click on Multiple under Page Sizing and Handling.
You can adjust the Pages per sheet to whatever you want. I chose 16 for this example. Since there are 41 slides, it will take three pages to print. I can even do two-sided printing to save more paper. After the page is printed, then I write the name of the file on the printout and file in my binder.

Option #2 - Print a proof page with title slides only

Before you select File-Print, write down the pages that you want to include on the sheet. I'm going to include the title page for each center. Then go to File-Print to get the same dialogue box as above.

This time, type in the pages numbers you want to include under Pages to Print. Then I clicked Multiple, and changed it to 6 pages per sheet because that's all I wanted.
Now it will only print on one page. Print it out, write the file name on it, and file away. Voila!

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  1. What a great tip....genius! I'm definitely sharing this on my FB page :)

    Teachery Tidbits

  2. I love this idea! I've purchased so many great products on TPT. It's nice to have a way to organize them.

    Thank you!

  3. Thanks for the tip! I have a huge TpT file. Must do that.
    Grade 4 Buzz

  4. This is a fantastic tip - this is one of those things that I had seen but totally forgot about and am now pinning it so I will have it!!!

  5. What a fantastic tip! I need to do this because I've bought so many things over the last few years that I can't remember what I have :) Thanks for linking up with us!

  6. WOW! I love this idea! I have downloaded so much free. I am trying to organize it on my computer, but I am afraid I am going to forget about something. This is a fantastic idea!

    Rosie's Rambles

  7. Fantastic idea! I would have never thought of that. :) Thanks for sharing!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  8. So smart! I forget all the time that I've bought certain resources and find them after the unit is over. Or I have to keep opening up packets again and again bc I can't remember which one teaches which skills. This sounds like an answer to my prayers!
    Tropical Teacher


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