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This chapter is from the book

Working with Libraries

Libraries (New!) are special folders that catalog folders and files in a central location. A library includes and displays folders that are stored in different locations on your computer, Homegroup, or network. Windows 7 comes with four libraries: Documents, Pictures, Music, and Videos. The Documents library, for example, includes files and folders from your My Documents and Public Documents folders, which are actually stored in your Users folder. Instead of navigating to separate folders, you can quickly navigate to one central place, the Documents library. You can create additional libraries at any time and include folders from different locations or remove them. After you open a library, you can quickly arrange all files and folders included in a library by folder (the default) or other properties based on the library type (General Items, Documents, Music, Pictures, or Videos). When you save a file to a library, you can specify which folder it actually gets stored in.

Open and View a Library

  • one.jpg Click the Windows Explorer button on the taskbar.
  • two.jpg Double-click a library folder.
    • To open a specific library, click the Start button, and then click Documents, Pictures, or Music.
  • three.jpg To display the Library pane, click the Organize button on the toolbar, point to Layout, and then click Library pane, if necessary.
  • four.jpg To change the library display, click the Arrange by button on the Library pane, and then click an option.
    • Folder. File and folders.

    • General Items. Date modified, Tag, Type, or Name.

    • Documents. Author, Date modified, Tag, Type, or Name.

    • Pictures. Month, Day, Rating, or Tag.

    • Music. Album, Artist, Song, Genre, or Rating.

    • Video. Year, Type, Length, or Name.

    • Clear changes. Clears any arrange by modifications.

Create a New Library and Include or Remove Folders

  • one.jpg Click the Windows Explorer button on the taskbar.
  • two.jpg Click the New library button on the toolbar, type a library name, and then press Enter.
    • To delete a library, right-click the library, click Delete, and then click Yes.
  • three.jpg To include a folder in a library, navigate to the folder location, right-click the folder, point to Include in library, and then select the library you want.
  • four.jpg To remove a folder from a library, open the library, click the Locations link on the Library pane, select the folder you want to remove, click Remove, and then click OK.

Change the Save Location

  • one.jpg Open the folder you want to change the save location.
  • two.jpg Click the Organize button on the toolbar, and then click Properties.
  • three.jpg Select the library location where you want to save files.
  • four.jpg Click Set save location.

    A check mark appears to the left of the selected folder location.

  • five.jpg Click OK.
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