In older versions of Windows it was a tedious task managing music, photos, documents and other files that are scattered in different directories on your hard drive. In this article we take a look at the new Libraries feature in Windows 7 and 8 that allows you to organize folders from multiple locations in one area.
To access your Libraries click on Start then your user name to open up your personal folder.
Next in the left pane click on 'Libraries' to view the four default Libraries which are Music, Pictures, Videos, and Documents.
If your version of windows has the 'Library' Icon in the tasksbar you can click that to get the same result.
Libraries show files that are stored in different locations on your computer as in this example of a Picture Library.
You are not limited to just the four default Libraries. You can create one of your own. When you click on Libraries in the left pane click on the New Libraries button located in the tool bar at the top.
A new Library comes up just like a new folder where you can label it.
When you go into your new Library you will be prompted to add new folders and files to it.
If you want to add new folder locations to any of the Libraries just click on the hyperlink that shows the current number of locations.
You can then click the Add button to include other locations from your computer or network.
If you right-click on the Library icon and select 'Properties' you can include a folder from there.
Also, if you want while navigating through explorer you can right-click a folder and include it in a library.
This might seem like a small change to the Windows GUI but itís effective and makes navigating files and folders much easier. Libraries will allow you to share your folders and files with your Homegroup/Workgroup network easier as well.
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