There are two types of paper filing systems usually used in an office based environment. Vertical filing and Lateral filing. To have an effective system set up for storing and retrieving information helps save time and gives you a more structured set out keeping the business more organised. Vertical filing usually involves cabinets. Files are put away into cabinets, usually in alphabetical order from A-Z, and is the one of the two system that is more likely to be used. Lateral filing is more adding files, again usually into alphabetical order, on the side of a file that usually has tabs sticking out with the letter of each compartment. Whilst Lateral filing is likely to take up less space as there isn’t the need for drawers, Vertical filing is more systematic and makes it easier and quicker to find what you’re looking for.