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Windows 7: Can libraries be deleted?

01 Nov 2011   #21
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I suggest when you store a .docx you do a "save as" and not a "save". Then you can select the folder to which you want to store the doc.


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01 Nov 2011   #22
Witch

Windows 7: Starter/Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

I still don't get the idea behind libraries. Why are they better than separate folders? Usually when I want to check something, I just go to the folder it contains without bothering to see 'everything'. so, what's the deal with them?
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01 Nov 2011   #23
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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I still don't get the idea behind libraries. Why are they better than separate folders? Usually when I want to check something, I just go to the folder it contains without bothering to see 'everything'. so, what's the deal with them?
For a simple XP type installation, they may not really add anything. But for a complex modern system with folders all over the place including the cloud, they sure make life a lot easier.

And what's wrong with them anyhow - they are just a directory.
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01 Nov 2011   #24
garza

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

'Save as' is the way a file must be saved when it's first created. When I use the blank docx file I regard the first time it's re-saved with content and with a new name as the creation of a new file. If I used 'save', then it would be saved as docx1.docx but with content intended to go into a specific folder. Unfortunately the libraries system does not allow saving into a specific folder of the user's choice, but apparently scatters them out at random.

Apparently there is no way to impose the old filing system on Windows 7. I have changed the start menu so it looks like 2000, though the 7 start menu is not as bad as the original XP, and when I open Documents, I get the sub-folders lined up properly. It's when I try to save something that it all falls apart. The system scatters files out to folders with neither rhyme nor reason, then I have to pick through the folders and try to get them organised, but the system fights me and keeps wanting to put things where they don't belong when I try to change where a file is stored.

I don't have 'folders all over the place'. I have a few main folders divided logically into sub-folders. I'm a writer. I know how to set up a filing system. You use a hierarchy that keeps everything in its right place. The Windows 7 libraries scatter files 'all over the place' and make me try and find them. There is no logic to it. I want to put files where I can find them when I need them. The libraries make that difficult.

Anyroad, excuse my rant, and again thanks for your efforts to help. I'll revert to XP for my work, though that machine is slower. I may dump 7 from one of the new machines and install XP in its place. Windows 7 I'll use only for access to the Internet.
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01 Nov 2011   #25
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Unfortunately the libraries system does not allow saving into a specific folder of the user's choice, but apparently scatters them out at random.
You must be doing something very wrong. I never had this problem and I am running Win7 since the beta times - on 5 systems.

If you put a .docx into a specific folder with "Save as", then it will always return to that folder on subsequent saves. That has always worked.

Maybe we should analyse your steps one by one to see where the problem might be. Going back to XP sounds rather ridiculous to me - you cannot operate that way during the next 20 years. Maybe you want to try Windows 8. Chances are it suits you better - but it also has libraries. The current free version is very stable.
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01 Nov 2011   #26
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Witch View Post
I still don't get the idea behind libraries. Why are they better than separate folders? Usually when I want to check something, I just go to the folder it contains without bothering to see 'everything'. so, what's the deal with them?
They are based on the Server DFS (distributed file system) idea.
On a standalone PC there is no real advantage.

In a business-type LAN, folders from client machines can all appear in a single location, instead of the user having to access the folder, using the other client machine addresses (or having a mapped drive for each machine).
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01 Nov 2011   #27
garza

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Found it. Fixed it. Deleted and wiped the dll files and the horse they rode in on (their folder). Now they appear to be gone for good. Not only that, I notice a bit of a performance improvement in storing and finding files.

This was the only problem I had with 7 and I believe I've cured it. I have no problem now putting files where I want them to be and retrieving them when I need them.

Now about Eight. Is it better? I've seen a screenshot of the desktop and that looks like kindergarten. Do you recommend it? ('you' as in 'you the group')
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01 Nov 2011   #28
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

What dll's did you wipe out?
As for Win 8, I have not found much to like about it.
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02 Nov 2011   #29
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Now about Eight. Is it better? I've seen a screenshot of the desktop and that looks like kindergarten. Do you recommend it? ('you' as in 'you the group')
I don't think you would like Win8. As of now, it is essentially a Win7 for touchscreens. For a desktop user it does not bring real advantages - but it is early days and they can always surprise us.
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02 Nov 2011   #30
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I gave Windows 8 a try and didn't like the Metro interface one little bit.

I'm with whs on this one and can't see me changing to Windows 8 as I dislike touchscreens anyway.

However, never say never as they say, the RTM version may have some surprises up its sleeve.
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