How To: Hide or Show Libraries in The Windows 7 Explorer Navigation Pane
Libraries feature in Microsoft’s new generation operating system Windows 7, let you access and arrange items from one or more folders quickly without moving them from their original location. Libraries in Windows 7 themselves don’t store your files or folders. Instead, they point to different folders on your hard disk, or on an external drive attached to your computer. This gives you easy access to a category of files no matter where they are stored. For instance, if you have music files on your hard disk and on an external drive, you can access all of your music files from the Music library.User can easily add or remove folders that associated with a library, and can also opt to show or hide the libraries from the Windows Explorer Navigation pane.
Hide a Library from Navigation Pane of Windows 7 Explorer
- Open Windows Explorer, or any folder view.
- If you don’t see the navigation pane, click on Organize drop down menu, then mouse over Layout and select Navigation Pane.
- Right click on a Library you want to make hidden, and then select Don’t show in Navigation Pane option in the contextual menu.
- The shortcut link to the library will immediately be removed from and not displayed in navigation pane.
Restore and Show A Library In Navigation Pane of Windows 7 Explorer
- Open Windows Explorer or from Windows 7 Start Menu, click on your user name to open Explorer directly at Libraries folder.
- Right click on a library that has been hidden, but want to be added back into Navigation Pane.
- Select Show in Navigation Pane in the context menu to restore the library link in Navigation Pane.
- The shortcut link to the library will be instantly displayed and restored to Navigation