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Questions tagged [windows-libraries]

Windows Libraries are meta-folders in Windows Explorer introduced in Windows 7 which provide a combined view of several folders, usually a user's personal documents and shared "public" documents of the same file type.

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How does Windows treat these paths and how to emulate?

Within Windows Explorer folder/libraries for folder such as Desktop, Downloads, Documents, Images, 3D Objects, Music and Videos, etc. one can simply type these names and press Enter and easily get ...
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Difference between “save location” and “public save location”

I am trying to move away from using the OneDrive as a default save location. In file explorer I right-clicked on Documents a pop-up appears that displays two library locations: the local C: drive and ...
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Library folder view not respecting the folder setting

In Windows 7, you could give each folder its own view settings. There were templates like "Documents", "Pictures", and so forth, but you could customize each folder as you saw fit. Except when ...
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Why on earth my PC has a folder named “Baidu” in Documents folder [duplicate]

This folder has been nagging me for a long time though I do not know when it appeared in my PC. I have a folder named Baidu in Documents folder (C:\Users\Public\Documents\). It has a folder named '...
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How can I use Windows Libraries icons for my own folders?

I relocated my Windows Libraries to a set of folders of my own: Now I also want to use the same icons for these folders. How can I do that? I tried Customize under the folder's properties, but I can'...
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How to exclude libraries from File History backup in Windows 10?

I try to use the built-in File History tool in my Windows 10 Pro to create periodic backups of the important files I'm working on. I do not need to back up folders included into the standard libraries ...
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No more custom libraries on Windows 10?

On Windows 10, in the left pane in File Explorer, under the "This PC" node, we have some 'special' folders like "Desktop", "Documents", "Videos", "Music", etc. All very nice, but unlike in Windows 7,...
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Moved file to Music library in Windows 7, where did it go?

I was in the folder for my user name, the one with subfolders of My Documents, My Pictures, My Videos, etc. I was using a search to locate certain family videos to make a DVD. I clicked on a file ...
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Windows 7 Library Location Limit

In Windows 7, many folders can be added to a library and, in many ways, act as one folder. Is there a limit to the number of Library locations within a library?
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View contents of multiple folders in one folder

I am looking for a way to create a folder that lists the content of multiple other folders in a similar way to what those "Libraries" (or whatever they are called) do in newer Windows versions. This "...
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Cannot arrange my music by artist into libraries of windows 7

My problem is that in Windows 7, there are the libraries with Pictures, Music, Movies and Documents. When I go into Music, I cannot arrange the music by Artists. I can choose to arrange them by song, ...
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MSVCP120D.dll is missing from your computer

I made a C++ program in Visual Studio, and I wanted to show it to my friend. However, I'd never set up the visual C++ runtime libraries before, and so I started up a windows 8.1 virtual machine and ...
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windows 8.1: 2 folders with same name and includes in folder section

I have problem with folder section in my windows 8.1, there are two folders having the same name and includes while it should be named pictures and videos with different contents as in Libraries ...
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How to open the actual folder a library subfolder refers to?

When I open a library subfolder in explorer, it is displayed as subfolder of that library. However, I want to open the actual subfolder without explorer remembering I got there via a library (e.g. the ...
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How to add Libraries in “This PC” on windows 8.1?

Is there any way to add Libraries in "My Computer"/"This PC" like Drives or Documents etc. ? EDIT: Something like this image
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Restore default folder/save options windows 7 64 bit

Here was my original problem. Using an FTP Program, I noticed that every time I downloaded a file it would send it to "User\username\My Documents. I had changed the "My Documents" Library to "Files" ...
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This PC Pictures versus Library Pictures

In Windows 8.1, if you go to Windows Explorer > This PC / Pictures > Properties / Location, you get a single location option for Pictures. However, if you go to Windows Explorer > Desktop / ...
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Absolute location path for Documents Library in Windows 8.1

I am using this Rainmeter theme where I need to give the absolute path as a link. I know The Libraries in Windows are not actual folders but virtual paths. But is there a way I can find a location ...
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How to merge subfolders in libraries?

I have managed to group folders using Can I get rid of the Windows 7 libraries folder dropdowns? But now I see 3 folders all called "Soft" Currently this library includes: D:\Me E:\Shared F:\Test ...
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Custom libraries in Windows 8.1

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: I had a ...
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How can I hide the new “Folders” list in My Computer on Windows 8.1?

I recently installed Windows 8.1, and unlike Windows 8 this has added a new list of "Folders" in My Computer, above the drives and devices section as follows; I am finding this to be both completely ...
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Importing “Libraries” from old laptop

This is a follow-up question to one I asked a few days ago. I'm trying to transfer data from my old laptop (which won't turn on) to a new one. I have a 2.5" SATA hard drive enclosure so I can move ...
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Start menu links to folders instead of libraries

By default, in Windows 7 start menu the item "Documents" opens a library containing current user's documents folder and public documents. I'd like to change that behavior to open current user's ...
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Open dialog box won't show files in libraries, but explorer will

I have the weirdest problem when trying to open or save files. When I try to get to "My Documents" through the "Libraries" side link it won't show any of my files. It will show them if I go around ...
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Editing start menu items in registry

I'd like to be able to have the windows 7 start menu link to folders and not link to the stupid libraries. In Windows vista you could add the the Downloads folder into the start menu with messing with ...
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How to customize library icon in Windows 7

How do I change the icons in the library folder? I used a simple trick from howtogeek to change the location of a start menu item. What I did was to change the music library shortcut to a www ...
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How do I save a file in a library location other than the default

Win7 libraries have a default folder location, but there are times I want to save to a different one (eg My Documents vs Shared Documents) but I can't find any way to specify any of the other ...
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Is it possible to disable the Libraries feature in Windows 7?

The new Libraries feature in Windows 7 creates what are essentially virtual folders — you can combine multiple document folders together into a single library that combines them all into a single ...