I've just upgraded my work box to Windows 8.1, and my libraries have disappeared... somewhat. I want to get them back.

The default This PC (used to be My Computer) view looks like this:

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I had a library in Windows 8 called Repositories, and it's visible from the context menu:

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but not from anywhere else.

How can I get my custom libraries to show up in the Folders section of This PC, in the Windows Explorer sidebar, or anywhere else? Have they been completely removed from Win8.1 and the context menu shown above is a buggy remnant of the upgrade process?


If you add Libraries to the navigation pane, then the default File Explorer pinned on the taskbar will open to Libraries instead of the default This PC.

There is a way (currently) to enable the Libaries but you must understand Micrsoft more or less retired that navigation view so you might considering getting used to it NOT being there

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Add or Remove "Libraries" from Your Navigation Pane using File Explorer

  • Open File Explorer, then do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do. NOTE: You could also press the Start Key + E keys to open File Explorer.

To Add "Libraries" to the Navigation Pane in Windows 8.1

NOTE: This is the default setting.

  • Right click or press and hold on a empty space in the navigation pane, and click/tap on Show libraries to uncheck it. (see screenshot below)


  • I didn't think to try right clicking in the sidebar, and now feel quite dumb. Thanks for this - it's a cleaner solution than mine – Bojangles Oct 21 '13 at 11:17

I've just found a sort-of fix for this, which allows you to put custom libraries in the Favourites section of the Windows Explorer sidebar.

In Windows Explorer:

  • Go to Favourites -> Libraries

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  • Click and drag the library you want to use into the Favourites section in the sidebar until the tooltip says Create link in Favourites

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  • And you're done:

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The steps above won't show the library in the This PC section along with the others, but it's something.


Try this if you want add folders to the This PC folder... The one thing you can't do is remove the predefined folders: http://winaero.com/blog/how-to-add-custom-folders-in-this-pc-in-windows-8-1-or-remove-the-defaults/... I have great success adding folders to my This PC folder that allow me to use it as a one stop place to go to save my files.

  • Welcome to Super User! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – pabouk Nov 19 '13 at 3:40

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