Work Area Folders allow you to group all of the items related to a specific task (data files, programs, etc) and open and close them together. This makes performing different work at different times much easier as you can easily return to exactly where you left off a task at a later time.
A work area folder behaves differently from an ordinary folder in a number of ways. When you close a work area folder all of the windows belonging to objects in the folder are also closed. When you reopen the folder the windows are reopened. If you hide a work area folder all of the windows belonging to objects in the folder are also hidden. If you minimize the folder all of the windows are hidden and the folder itself is displayed as an icon. Also the work area folder is a single item in the list of applications running on your system regardless of how many programs you have open in the folder.
So how do we create a work area folder? Well the first step is to create a folder for the particular piece of work and create shadows of all of the associated objects into the folder. Next you right click on the folder to open the context menu and select to open Properties (Settings in earlier versions of OS/2).
At the bottom of the first File page in the notebook you will find a check box labelled Work Area. All you need to do is to select this and then close the notebook and your folder is now a work area folder.
This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.