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Windows 7: Libraries broken?

10 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7
Libraries broken?

I was looking forward to the libraries feature. But I can't see any way to merge a set of folders into one list.

For example, I created a downloads library. I added the default downloads folder in my user space, and a separate downloads folder on another drive. I get all the folders in the first location listed, followed by all the folders in the second location. But I want one combined list of folders.

If I view by Name, then I do get a combined list, but then all the folders are flattened and disappear. The list of individual files is too long to be useful.

The odd thing is, the built-in library for Documents *does* behave the way I want, merging the folders from personal and public documents.

Is this a magic ability for built-in libraries, or is there some way of getting it for custom libraries too?

Otherwise the libraries feature is much less useful than I'd hoped.


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10 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7

Thanks - I found it eventually, though I had to display the menu bar. The right-click also works, but the target area (left margin of listing) for this right-click to work is relatively small.

The odd thing is that the default seems to be Group by Location, but Location isn't a Group by option. To get back to the location groups, you have to choose Arrange by - Clear changes, unless I've missed another option.

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