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Windows 7: Start Menu (Libraries) Shortcuts?


24 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Start Menu (Libraries) Shortcuts?

So here's the deal.
I like the Library feature of Windows 7, I really do. But recently I have finished completely reorganizing all my files to perfection; keeping them on a separate partition, I no longer have a need for libraries because each type of file is organized in one main folder (all documents in Documents etc.), and I was wondering if I can modify the shortcuts on the Start Menu to point to these folders instead of Libraries:

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I would take no issue with using Libraries if it were not for all that extra space that it uses in the Explorer window

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It gets in the way of my work much more often that I'd like to, so I'd appreciate any tips on tweaking this.

EDIT: OMG did I actually post in the wrong section? Sorry 'bout that, I didn't notice xD




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24 May 2011   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 no SP
 
 

go to start, right-click on documents, select props, then 'include a folder'
so thats all
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24 May 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Marko,

Yes, you sure can. The tutorial below will show you how to have the user folder buttons open to the C:\Users\(user-name) location instead of the library location.

Start Menu User Folder Buttons - Open to Users Instead of Libraries
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24 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks a lot Shawn; can these reg files be edited to include folders that are, like "D:\Documents" instead of user folders?

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go to start, right-click on documents, select props, then 'include a folder'
so thats all
Appreciate the thought, but you missed the point completely.
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24 May 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

There's no need to since the REG file uses the CLISD keys for the user folders instead of the path. It will refer to whatever location you have set/moved the default location of the user folders automatically.
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24 May 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Ah, but you see, I haven't actually moved the user folders anywhere. They are empty on the system partition, while I just created the D:\ folders and dumped everything in there.
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24 May 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Ah, ok. I played with it a bit to see if it may be possible, but it's not liking anything other than the CLSID keys. With some more digging, there might be a way to eventually do so, but it would be much easier and less problematic to just move the default locations of the user folders to the D: location instead.
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24 May 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks for the help nevertheless, perhaps I should get used to using User folders instead, he he

Will mark this as solved.
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24 May 2011   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Just make sure you keep the original user folders because a lot of programs look for those to create their program specific folders - especially in Documents.
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24 May 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Yeah, I thought so
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