Windows 7 – Create And Add New Libraries

Windows 7 – Create And Add New Libraries

Microsoft has introduced an excellent new feature in Windows 7 known as “Libraries” which helps you organize and manage your data in a systematic manner. By default, Windows 7 comes with a number of Libraries such as Contacts, Communications, Downloads, Documents, Pictures, Videos and Music. Vista users might also be pretty familiar with these names.  

However, Windows 7 Libraries are somewhat different by nature. Windows 7 Libraries are not just individual folders but every library folder is a collection of assorted folders. Every Library is customized to store specific content. For Example, you will find the URL links of your downloaded files stored within the Download Library.  

If you feel that the built-in Libraries are not enough and you have some specific needs, Windows 7 Operating System offers you with the option of adding more Libraries as per your preference. To add a new Library to the Windows 7 Libraries List, you need to follow the below mentioned steps.

  • Click on the “Windows Orb” present on your taskbar. Go to “Accessories” and then to “Windows Explorer and open “Libraries”. Alternatively, click on the start button to display the Start Menu and click on your user name. From your personal folder that opens, click on Libraries.
  • In the Libraries Window, place your mouse-pointer on an empty space and right click to display the right-click context menu.
  • Go to the option “New” in the context menu and select “Library”.

  • Give a name to your new Library.
  • Now that you have created a Library, you need to decide on what to include in your new Library. You need to simply right-click on the library and select the option “Properties”.
  • Next, you need to click on the button “Add” and browse to choose a folder/directory to be included in the library. Once the folder is been selected, click on the button “Include Folder”. Repeat this step if you wish to add more directories to the library.

  • For optimizing the library, click on the dropdown that allows you to optimize the library for correct type of content such as Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos, Internet or General Items. Select the preferred type of optimization.

  • If you do not want the new Library to be displayed inside the Navigation Pane, simply uncheck the checkbox for the option that allows you to show the library within the Navigation Pane.

Add Or Delete Any Folder And Library To Favorites In Windows 7 Explorer

Add Or Delete Any Folder And Library To Favorites In Windows 7 Explorer

In Windows 7 OS, there is a Favorites branch inside the navigation window in explorer. It provides a quick and easy way to access locations which are used frequently. If you want a custom folder or drive or library to appear in Favorites of Windows Explorer, please follow the small trick to insert a Library or any path to Favorites in Windows 7 OS.

1. Adding the links in Favorites in windows explorer

Firs of all, you have to browse folder or library to appear it in the Favorites branch. After browsing, the specific location of the library or a folder will appear in the Address Bar of Windows Explorer. Just right click on Favorites and click on the option which is named as “Add Location in Browser to Favorites”.

As an alternate way to this, you can just drag and drop a folder or directory or library to Favorites section. A benefit of the drag and drop action is that, you can locate the recently added Favorite links in the preferred location.

Tip: After the addition, you can sort or rearrange all the added links in a sequential manner by just clicking and dragging it up or down.

2. Removing link from Favorites of windows explorer

You may feel uncomfortable with some folders or links which are appearing in the Favorites section of windows explorer. To remove this link, folder, path or library, just right click on it. A context menu will appear, click on Delete option. A confirmation massage will be prompted click on Yes. The Favorite link will be m oved to Recycle Bin.

When you remove the Favorite link, only the shortcut pointing to actual folder is deleted. Any type of physical file and folder is not removed to avoid data loss.