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As you continue to create your various playlists and Smart Playlists in iTunes, you will see how quickly your Source pane starts to fill up. Now, yes, the Source pane is scrollable, but after you have a couple dozen or so playlists created over here, it will become tedious to constantly scroll through to find a playlist you are looking for. Enter playlist folders. Playlist folders let you collect and organize your playlists and Smart Playlists into a logical, at least to you, collection of folders. Now I've created a half-dozen or so additional playlists here and even now you can see how crowded my Source pane is looking. So let's create some playlist folders to make things a little more manageable.
Just choose File > New Playlist Folder. Now I have an untitled folder under my Playlists heading. So maybe I want to create a folder called Genres and into my Genres folder I'll drag my Big Band playlist, and you can see right away it's been added to the folder. It's slightly intended to the right and a toggle arrow appeared next to Genres folder showing I can collapse and expand that folder to show its contents. Let's also drag in Hip Hop and let's say Jazz Favoritess.
So what I have now is a fully collapsible folder containing playlists I have dragged into it. When collapsed it makes it much easier to see the other items under my Playlists heading. When I do want to access my Genres playlist, I just need to toggle up in the folder and select the playlist I want. You can even nest additional folders inside your playlist folders. Just have your folder selected, and again choose File > New Playlist Folder and there it is. There is a folder inside the folder now. So if I wanted to create an additional level of organization in here, I just need to create a nested playlist folder.
Now you may occasionally create a nested folder by accident when you meant to create a regular playlist folder. If that's the case just select the folder and hit the Delete key on your keyboard. Then make sure that any of your main playlists or Smart Playlists is selected before you choose File > New Playlist Folder and that will put the new playlist folder in he main hierarchy. Maybe I will call this one Eventful tunes and this will be for playlists I have created for various events and activities. Maybe I will drag in Chill Out. Scroll down so that I can see these here.
Grab Dinner Music, Fast Driving, and let's do Workout. Now I just happen to be dragging in regular playlists, but you can drag in Smart Playlists into your playlist folders as well. Be aware that playlist folders are only for playlists. You can only drag playlists and Smart Playlist into them, but not any music or video files directly. You can only drag music and video files into the playlists that appear inside the playlists folder. So I now have two playlist folders. I can collapse them both when they are not in use and now my Source pane is looking a lot less cluttered.
Not only that, but it is a lot less cluttered and more organized, because I've arranged my playlists into folders that make sense to me and in which I can quickly and easily find the playlists I want to play.
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