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Windows 7: How do I manually create shortcut to open folder in Library view?


15 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 & Windows XP Professional SP3 x86
 
 
How do I manually create shortcut to open folder in Library view?

I have a folder in my "Documents Library" that is nested as a subfolder in "My Documents"

The reason I want to be able open in library view is because then I have the option in the upper right to "Arrange By" tag's.

If I right click in the left pane and under the documents view and select the folder and use Send to: Desktop (Shortcut) it works just as I need. HOWEVER, I need to create this shortcut for multiple users.

I would like to create a shortcut that uses environmental variables.
When going to the properties of the standard shortcut and the library shortcut to that same folder, everything looks identical (Except file size).

Thanks for the help on this!

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15 Dec 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello ImpetuousRacer,

You could use the paths below to create a shortcut for each library that can be used in any user account.

%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries\Documents.library-ms

%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries\Music.library-ms

%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries\Pictures.library-ms

%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries\Videos.library-ms


When you are finished creating the shortcuts, make sure that the Start in field is empty in the Shortcut tab in the properties page so that the shortcut will not be user specific.
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I'll create tutorials on these shortly tonight, and post back with links to them when finished to make it easier for you to just download them if you like.


Hope this helps,
Shawn


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16 Dec 2011   #3
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16 Dec 2011   #4

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Just open the library. right click on the folder and chose Send To->Desktop (create short cut).
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16 Dec 2011   #5
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Hello Keith,

That would work if done per user account since they can only be used in the specific user account that they were created in. The one's above use variables so that they could be used in any user account to make them easier to use.
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16 Dec 2011   #6

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I agree Shawn but the original question was how to create a shortcut to a folder in a library that opened in library view not how to create a shortcut to a library. That was the closest I could get.
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16 Dec 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 & Windows XP Professional SP3 x86
 
 

I need to open a folder with in the document library, not the library itself..
Example: C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\New Folder

So Brink's solution works great for a library itself, but not sure how to get it to open a folder within the library.

I've already used kado897's solution to do exactly what I need. HOWEVER, I'm looking to be able to create a shortcut that I could send to multiple users that would open this same folder in the library view.

Hope that clarifies some things. Thanks for the help.
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16 Dec 2011   #8

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Quote:
I've already used kado897's solution to do exactly what I need. HOWEVER, I'm looking to be able to create a shortcut that I could send to multiple users that would open this same folder in the library view.
Yes I saw that after I had made the post.
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16 Dec 2011   #9
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I'm not sure that it's possible to directly open a included library folder in library view like that to be used for all users.

If your included folder is in a C:\Users\Public folder (or in a folder that all users have access to), then you could try using Send To -> Desktop (create shortcut) to create a shortcut of it while in the Documents library to have it open in library view for all users like Kado (Keith) posted below.
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16 Dec 2011   #10

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
I'm not sure that it's possible to directly open a included library folder in library view like that. Trying to do so only opens them to their original locations instead. Having a shortcut that opens the library itself was the only workaround that I could find.
It does actually work if you create the shortcut from within the library even if it gives the actual path in the link.

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