How To: Create a New Library in Windows 7
One of the most interesting features in Microsoft’s new generation operating system Windows 7, as most users would probably agree, is the Libraries.By default, Windows 7 comes with six Libraries (Communications, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures and Videos). These names could be quite familiar as well for Windows Vista users. However, the nature of these Libraries in Windows 7 is slightly different. In Windows 7, the Libraries are not individual folders by themselves. Each library folder is an aggregate of various different folders and each library view is tailored to specific content.
For instance, users can find the source of the downloaded files (the URL links) in the Download Library. This new Windows 7 Feature helps users to handle and organize their documents and data better. If these built-in Libraries in Windows 7 are not sufficient and can’t meet your specific needs, the OS offers the flexibility for you to add in more libraries if you like.You can create other Libraries if these don’t meet all of your needs for media like e-books, comics, tutorials, etc.
To add or create more libraries to the existing default libraries list, you can follow the steps below:
- Click on the Windows Orb on the Windows 7 taskbar. Open your Libraries folder.
- Right-click on an empty space in the Libraries folder.
- Mouseover New and select Library.
- Input a name for the newly created Library.
- Right-click the new Library and select Properties.
- Click the Add button and browse to a directory that you want included in the Library.After selecting the folder, click the Include Folder button. Repeat this step until all desired directories have been added.
- Use the Optimize this library for drop down to select the correct type of optimization (General Items, Documents, Music, Pictures, Video, or Internet).
- If you don’t want the Library to show up in the Navigation Pane, uncheck the Shown in Navigation Pane checkbox.
- Click OK.