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As we have been working with Windows Explorer in this chapter you may have noticed something new, here in the navigation pane. It's called Libraries. Libraries are indeed new to Windows 7, and they give us a quick and easy way to organize documents that may exist in several different locations. So typically you'll see the defaults here for Documents, Music, Videos and Pictures, and those are the default you're used to seeing in your own user folders. But when they're in a library, the subtle difference here is that we can add additional locations to our library, so we never have to go navigating for those specific files or folders.
Let me show you what I mean. We'll start by using our Exercise Files. Let's go up to the Desktop or wherever you have stored your exercise files, and open up that folder. Now we'll go to the Chapter 3 folder. Double-click that and we'll double-click the 03_05 folder. Now in here you'll notice two subfolders: Cool Pics and Wildlife, and if we look at either of these we've actually got photos in there. So I am going to go back up to my 03_05 and give it a click to navigate back to that main folder.
And I want to this particular folder in my Library, and I want it to be added to My Pictures. So I don't have to go navigating here every time I want to access these pictures. So all I am going to do is go back up to Chapter 3. With over 03_05 selected, I am going to click Include in library. Now I get to choose one of the default locations, such as Pictures, or I go to create a brand-new library. I am going to choose Pictures. Now you'll notice over here for Pictures when I select it in the navigation pane, I have got my own pictures, which is empty, and you see the sample ones that come with the installation, and then down below I also have quick and easy access to those two folders that I just added to the library.
When you want to remove something from the library, you are not actually removing the folders in the files. Library simply reference or monitor the contents of folders that are located elsewhere. That means if I go under Libraries, click once on the 03_05 folder and press Delete on the keyboard, I've removed it from the library, but it still exists in its original location. Let's just prove that, we'll go back to our Exercise Files navigating a long way, which we were able to avoid with a library but there they are still in their original locations.
Now this could also work with network drives for example. So if you have got pictures somewhere on a Network, you can make them part of your library. It makes it very easy to access them, even other user accounts. Let's say I wanted to access documents for another who might log into this machine. Well here's the path. I'd have to go down to my Local Disk, and I have to double-click Users, go find that user. I am going to use Karen. You can try another user if you've got one. Then I would double-click Documents, and look at that there is one in there.
Well I am going to go back up now to Karen, and with Documents selected I am going to choose Include in library. This time in the Documents section, now you can see here under Documents, I have got My Documents, Public Documents and the one I just added. So now I've got quick and easy access to the contents via the library. Again, if I want to remove this I can press Delete or right-click and choose Remove location from library. You're only removing the location.
You're not removing the actual folder or any of its contents. So libraries can save you a lot of time in navigating those various folders that may be located in multiple destinations. Simply add them to your library, and you'll quick and easy access through the navigation pane.
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