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Use Libraries to Organize and Find Scattered Files

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Submitted by CMIT Solutions on Wednesday, October 06, 2010
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One of the niftiest new features in Windows 7 is Libraries, which allows you to gather and view the contents of folders from various locations on your computer without actually moving any of those folders. For example, you can create a Library that contains folders stored on your desktop, your C drive, and an external drive. It’s incredibly handy for those of us who have a bad habit of storing documents hither and yon, and then forgetting where we put them when it comes time to actually use them.

If you’re using Windows 7 straight out of the box, you’ll have four default libraries: Documents, Pictures, Music, and Videos. You can create new ones from scratch by following these steps:

     1. Click the Start button and then click your user name.
     2. Your personal folder will open. In the left pane, click Libraries.
     3. Click New library on the toolbar.  (See illustration below.)

     4. Type in the name for your new library and click Enter.
     5. You’ll be prompted to include a folder the first time you open the library. This will give the library a default location to store files you add to it.

One of the best things about libraries is that they allow you to sort files by a whole variety of parameters. This blog post shows how you can take a huge collection of photos and easily sort them by the day they were taken, the month they were taken, or by the tags associated with the photos. Powerful stuff!

To learn more about Windows 7 libraries, check out these sources:

       Microsoft: An introduction to libraries and some frequently asked questions
       Lifehacker: How to use and create libraries
       YouTube: A quick tutorial video

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