How to create Windows Library in Microsoft Windows 7

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About Windows Library

Windows Library was first introduced in Microsoft Windows 7 as a solution to solve the problem with storing content all over the computer and to have full control of it. That means Libraries are user-defined collections of folders that are logical representations of user content. Included folders are considered by the Windows as important for the user, therefore the system will enable indexing of these folders for fast searching in them and will set much richer viewing arrangement capabilities in Windows Explorer based on the file properties and metadata.
Windows Library is defined by the library description file with .MS-LIBRARY file extension. File is in simple text format and contains library XML description schema. Windows Library description file stores only storage locations, data are stored in folders, that are included in the Library.

How to create Windows Library

Microsoft Windows 7 has predefined 4 default Windows Libraries, that are called Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos, but you can also define your own Windows Library with your own included folders and settings.

  1. Open Windows Explorer Window and select the Libraries folder.Microsoft Windows Libraries
  2. Press the right mouse button in the window and select NewLibrary option.

    New Windows Library menu new

  3. Pick a name for your new Windows Library. Click the right mouse button on it and select the Properties option.

    Windows Library menu properties

  4. Select Include a folder option and after that Windows will open Include Folder Window.

    Windows Library open properties window

  5. In Include Folder Window you can select folder, that you want to include in your Library. By this way you can include folders in your Library. Folders can be selected on local drives, external drives or network.

    Windows Library Include Folder window
  6. After your selection is finished, click on Apply and OK button. All files from selected folders will by synchronized in your Library.

    Windows Library finished folder selection

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Microsoft Windows 7    Microsoft Windows platform
One of the newer members of Windows OS family


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