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Windows 7: Library Docs vs. My Docs


14 Oct 2010   #1
rosede

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Library Docs vs. My Docs

Why is "Library Docs" different than "My Docs"?

I created a new folder in "Library Docs" and put some stuff in it. I was trying to find it in "My Docs" but it doesn't exist. Whats the deal?

Thanks.

Daryl


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14 Oct 2010   #2
DMHolt57

 

The library links are called junctions, the actual folders reside in Users\YourName\Documents...
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14 Oct 2010   #3
rosede

7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DMHolt57 View Post
The library links are called junctions, the actual folders reside in Users\YourName\Documents...
Okay, but if I create a doc, or folder or whatever in one, I should be able to see it in the other, correct? That didn't happen here. I created a folder in "Library Docs", but it DIDN'T show up in "My Docs".

Thanks.

Daryl
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14 Oct 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Daryl, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Think of a Library as a collection point (shortcut to) of the folders/files in included folders (ex: My Documents) from other locations.

If you add a folder /file in the root of the library, then it will only show up in the default save included folder location and in the library.
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If you open the included folder while in the library, add the folder/file, then it will show up in both the library and included folder.
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If you add the folder/file in the source (ex: C:\Users\(user-name)\My Documents) of the included folder, then it will also show up in the library and included folder.

Hope this helps,
Shawn


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14 Oct 2010   #5
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Think of a Library as a collection point (shortcut to) of the folders/files in included folders (ex: My Documents) from other locations.
It's like the card catalogue of your local library. It has a list of where and what everything is, but it's not actually all those things.
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14 Oct 2010   #6
rosede

7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Okay, I think I see what is going on here. After some "experimentation". I realize what is going on.

I created multiple "test" folders and files. The ones that I created in Library Docs actually showed up in the public docs. The ones that I created only in My Docs showed up in Library Docs along with the test folders/files that are in Public Docs.

HMMM......I don't think that I like this "Library" concept.

Thanks for the help.

Daryl
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14 Oct 2010   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Daryl,

It does take a bit to get use to. However, say you have 15 different music folders spread out over several hard drives; you could include these folders in the Music library. This way you will be able to access all of your music from the library with the music still only saved at their original locations.
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14 Oct 2010   #8
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Daryl,
You will get to where you will really like libraries. I too was non-accepting at first.


Brink's example is a wonderful usage.

I like not having to put all of my folders from all of my drives in one place but rather just have pointers to them via Libraries.
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14 Oct 2010   #9
fillup

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rosede View Post
Okay, I think I see what is going on here. After some "experimentation". I realize what is going on.

I created multiple "test" folders and files. The ones that I created in Library Docs actually showed up in the public docs. The ones that I created only in My Docs showed up in Library Docs along with the test folders/files that are in Public Docs.

HMMM......I don't think that I like this "Library" concept.

Thanks for the help.

Daryl

You can set the default save location to any included folder you like. Normally, the default save location of the Libraries Documents folder is C:\Users\yourname\Documents. It looks like yours is set to C:\Users\Public\Documents.

See the pic Brink posted. Look at the top where it says "Includes: 2 locations". If you click on the locations, you can add or delete folders you wish to include in that library. If you right click on one of the locations, you can set the default save location.
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14 Oct 2010   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's correct Fillup.
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