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Windows 7: Want Folders Not Libraries


31 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Want Folders Not Libraries

I've been running XP Pro for a while with no issues but bought a new desktop and laptop a couple of months ago and so ended up with 7. For the most part it is fine. But one thing is driving me crazy and I don't know it is possible to go back to older style organization or not.

I had created a document with a recipe on it today and wanted to create a folder for recipes but this wasn't possible as I could see it so I had to create a library and then I still couldn't save the document in that folder until I added a folder to it. But I couldn't add a folder to it unless the folder already existed somewhere else and there wasn't a recipe folder yet. So I had to move another folder into the library then rename it in order to save the document in it. A lot of wasted time where in the past that would have all happened in a matter of seconds.

I don't know what advantage having Libraries offers but I see it as simply counter productive. I've read what Microsoft has to say about them but I really have no use for them and just want Folders to file things in.

Is there a way to get rid of Libraries completely and just have Folders in Windows 7.

If this has been addressed simply point me in the right direction.


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31 Mar 2012   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

See if this helps.

Where you see a folder named "username" - look for a folder with your user name:
Edit: you might want to watch this full screened.

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31 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You don't have to create a library to create a subdirectory. In the Documents library, the default save location is My Documents. Any directory you create will be created there.
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31 Mar 2012   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

click the start menu button , the user folder shortcut (your username) is at the top, create a folder called recipes in there, its exactly the same as you would have previously done.
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31 Mar 2012   #5

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
....... its exactly the same as you would have previously done.
Unless you have always used the classic start menu like tons of people did/do in XP and W2k and...

:-)
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31 Mar 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

I have Windows Explorer pinned to the task bar, and that gives me instant access to all the drives, folders and files on my computer. From there it is a simple matter to create a new folder wherever I like.
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31 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

>I took too long to write this and there were some other posts in between. "That" refers to Boohah's post.

That is how I ended up creating the folder I needed this morning. But in XP if you create a document and hit save all and don't have a folder you can simply create it then save to it without having to go through Explorer. Also in Win 7 Explorer you have to go through Desktop to get to User. I've never used Desktop for anything other than stuff on the desktop in the past. I've actually never had to go through User either. At least not this way.

Another couple of questions about Windows 7 Explorer are: each time I open Explorer and want to view files and click on a folder it opens with all the files lined up on the left side in thumbnails. Then I have to drag the window to the right to get full screen viewing. From then on I get full screen if I open another folder until I close Explore then I have to do it again. Is there a way to set a default to always open with a full screen rather than having to do this extra step?

And finally, for the moment, if I'm looking through a folder with a lot of files in it and scrolling down through the pics to find one, either by left clicking on the down arrow to go slowly or on the space above the arrow to go one page at a time, this works for a few clicks then something automatically grabs it and it starts to auto scroll rapidly. I actually think that this would happen in XP also after an update. I don't want auto scroll. If this is a preference I can't find it?
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31 Mar 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LittleJay View Post
I have Windows Explorer pinned to the task bar, and that gives me instant access to all the drives, folders and files on my computer. From there it is a simple matter to create a new folder wherever I like.
I do too but that doesn't seem to help.
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31 Mar 2012   #9
whs
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I don't know where the problem is. It is sooo easy to create a new folder. Example here is for Documents, but works the same for Music, Pictures, etc.

Btw: Libraries are very useful for distributed folders on internal or external partitions/disks.


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31 Mar 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Context Menu - Add Copy To Folder and Move To Folder If you haven't done so already, check out this site. It shows you how to add "copy to/move to" feature for Windows 7. I used it all the time in XP as well.
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