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Using the Default Windows Libraries

Microsoft starts you off with several Libraries: Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos. By default, each of these already has the associated private and public folders added. For example, when you open the Documents Library, you’ll see the contents of your Documents folder (C:\Users\yourname\Documents) that only you and Administrators can access, and the Public Documents folder (C:\Users\Public\Documents) that everyone can access.

The links on the Start Menu, Windows Explorer, file dialogs, and other spots for the Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos now point to the Libraries, not your private folders. In Windows XP and Vista, for example, clicking the My Documents or Documents button on the Start Menu would bring up the private documents folder. However, for the sake of this new feature, the Documents button on the Start Menu and other places in Windows 7 opens the Documents Library.

Remember, the default private and public folders still remain in Windows 7; the Library feature simply displays these folders in a single window. Additionally, adding a folder to a Library doesn’t copy the files over; it simply shows you the contents.

Creating New Libraries

Making custom Libraries is easy. Simply open Computer, right-click the Libraries icon on the left, hover over New, and click Library, as Figure 2 shows. Then to name it, right-click the new icon, click Rename, and type in a name. That’s it. To add folders and to set the default saving folder, see the next sections.

Figure 2 Creating a custom Library.

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