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Changing the Default Save Folder for a Library

When you’re saving a file, you can select a Library to save it in. However, because Libraries aren’t real locations, the file is stored to the Defined Save folder. The default Libraries are set to save files in the associated private folder, such as My Documents instead of Public Documents. You can change which included folder is the Save folder. To do this, click the Includes link in the upper-right corner of a Library. Then on the dialog, right-click the desired folder, select Set as Default Save Location, and click OK. If you prefer using the Library’s properties dialog, you can do the same thing there.

If you find in the future that you want to save to a different folder of a Library, you can expand the folders of the library to select the desired one, such as seen in Figure 6. The save location is used if you simply select the Library when saving, not a particular folder. Additionally, if you drag or copy a file to the Library, it’s directed to the designated save location. Again, if you don’t want this default location, you can still expand the Library tree to see the included folders, or you can carefully drag or copy the file under the folder in the main Library window.

Figure 6 Expanding your Library’s folders.

Conclusion

Now you should understand the usefulness of the new Library feature in Windows 7. You should also know how to use the default Libraries, create new ones, and add/remove folders from them. Plus you should understand how to change the default save location for Libraries.

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