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Windows 7: Libraries and MY folders?

31 Oct 2009   #1

Acer Aspire 5738Z Win 7 X64 bit Home Premium
Libraries and MY folders?

in libraries there is say Pictures, > My Pictures, which duplicates the folders contents. In XP there used to be just My Pictures, etc, can I delete MY Pictures and just have the first library etc, ie click on Pictures > open pictures ?
Or is there a reason behind this that being a novice I dont know about?

I hope I explained this ok?


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31 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu

The simple answer to your question is No as the libraries are designed for a specific functionality

To continue the library analogy and taking the my pictures folder as a book what you have in your example is a library containing only one book - not that useful

What libraries allow you to do is to add more books

basically what you can do is to organise your data in a way that suits you, perhaps having a folder for each project with a set of pictures for each These may be anywhere on your systems on different partitions or drives (or even on a server or other computers).

By adding the disparate folders to a library you can bring all these items together - and using the library functions sort the complete set of data by for example date created.

It may be of course that your use of the computer does not lend itself to the use of libraries and if so it is best to ignore them and revert to the user folder method used in XP and Vista - but the choice is there
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31 Oct 2009   #3

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

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01 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)

The idea behind libraries is that you could have one folder of pictures or videos on your main hard drive and another on an external hard drive and instead of having to look in both folders, two different places to find a video file, you can just look in the one library and see both of them right there in one place. Once you start using it like this, you will see how incredibly convenient it is. I was initially skeptical about libraries but now wouldn't want to live without this feature.
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01 Nov 2009   #5

Acer Aspire 5738Z Win 7 X64 bit Home Premium

OK thanks will give it go.
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