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10 Tips to Get Windows 7 Libraries

Libraries with Windows 7 introduced; These libraries are special folders with a particular view. They are “special” because each library is an aggregate of many different folders. The standard libraries contain pictures, videos, music and documents. The data in those folders is a mix of personal and public shared files on the computer / network.

In this guide we share the top 10 tips for getting the most from Windows 7 libraries. If we include a tip should feel missing, let us know in the comments. There’s a preview of the 10 tips:

  1. Add a New Library
  2. Customize Library Icons
  3. Delete a Library
  4. Share or Collaborate Using Libraries
  5. Change a Library’s Default Save Location
  6. Change the display order with a Library
  7. Backup Files and folders using Library
  8. Remove folders from a Library
  9. Open Explorer Into My Computer Instead Of Libraries
  10. Enable or Disable Libraries

1. Add a New Library


If you want more than just the default offering of libraries and want to add a new one like “TV Shows”, you can do this by adding new libraries: add a new library.

2. Customize Library Icons

Bored of the default library icons? You can change them to any icon you’d like to use (looking for icons) customize Library Icons.

If you like the look of the one’s below, you can get them here: rsvr85′s new library icons.

3. Delete a Library

If you’ve added a new library and no longer want to use it or if you want to delete a default library, right click the library and click Delete. You’ll have to add the library and add the associated folders again so be careful with this one.

4. Share or Collaborate Using Libraries

Using libraries go further than your PC. Any computer that connects to the same Homegroup, as you can your libraries. Can away with exchanging ONE instead of several shared network resources or folders: share or together with libraries.

5. Change a Library’s Default Save Location


If you want to store your files in a specific location and not “My Documents”, you can change a Library’s Default Save Location. This will save you time if you store files in an obscure folder that you’d have to click through to every time you save a file.

6. Change the display order with a Library

Libraries display your folders in the order they’re added. You can of course override this behavior: change the display order.

7. Backup Files and folders using Library

Creating backups of your files is a lot easier when you use Libraries. Remembering where certain files are stored can be a pain but now they’re all in one place ready for backup creation: backup Files and folders using Library.

8. Remove folders from a Library

Libraries can get messy quickly if you have too many folders associated with each one. If you’d like to do some clean up and organization, learn how to remove folders from a Library.

9. Open Explorer Into My Computer Instead Of Libraries

When you click the Explorer icon in the Windows 7 task bar, you go straight the the library view. (You may remember that Winkey+E also took you to the libraries view in Windows 7 Beta.) If you’d like to go to Computer instead of your libraries, learn how to open Explorer Into My Computer Instead Of Libraries.

10. Enable or Disable Libraries


If you just can’t get used to the Libraries feature or if you don’t want to use it, you can disable the feature using a registry hack that removes all they keys that enable libraries (you can also enable the feature at any time with a reverse hack): Enable or disable Windows 7 Libraries feature.

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