I am working with a Child theme and I needed to change a page in a subfolder in the theme. I uploaded the entire folder with all the enclosed files and modified the one file which worked. My question is... do I need all the files in the subfolder or just the one I modified?

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No, you should only need the files that you are going to modify.

Technically you can move all the files from the parent-theme into the child-them. When you move only the files which need changing into the child-theme then it's a little simpler to keep track of the changes.

Also good to know when working with child-themes: get_template_directory_uri() will always grab the path to the parent theme. & get_stylesheet_directory_uri() will always point to the path of the active theme (whether it's parent or child)

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