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Windows 7: Change shortcuts from library to real folder

09 May 2009   #1
grantemsley

Windows 7
 
 
Change shortcuts from library to real folder

Is there any way to change the shortcuts on the right side of the start menu (Documents, Pictures, Music) to use the real folders instead of the libraries?


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09 May 2009   #2
johngalt

 

Check out all our Library related tutorials - Windows 7 - Tutorial Index
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09 May 2009   #3
grantemsley

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you. I've read through those, but none of them have what I would like (unless I am missing something).

I want to restore the old behavior of linking to the actual folder, not libraries. (Basically, I want to remove as much of the libraries functions as possible, because I like to manage files myself and it messes up the way I navigate through folders).
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09 May 2009   #4
johngalt

 

I made it easy, in that I just moved all my folders to appropriate locations underneath the libraries- so that all document related stuff (all 75 folders) are under Documents, all my file DLs go under Downloads, etc.

however, if you read them carefully, those tutorials show you how to modify the icons and what not - and explain they are just plain old .XML files. If you edit the XML files directly you should be able to get a *semblance* of what you want.

For example, in my Win7 Install, I have made many more libraries that link to a direct folder:

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in the pic above, each of those non-system standard folders points to 1 folder and one folder only - and most are named exactly as they appear.

Oh, and I did this using *strictly* the info in those tutorials.


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09 May 2009   #5
grantemsley

Windows 7
 
 

Yes, I've already changed them much like you have.

But when I click up a directory, I can't go above Libraries...where as in vista I could keep clicking up a directory to my computer.

I can live with it, but I'd love to be able to change it.
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09 May 2009   #6
johngalt

 

I did not realize from any of your posts that you were trying that....

Best bet would be to make favorites out of your favorite folders and use that interface, I think....but that I have not done as I use a third party file manager to begin with - xplorer˛ Windows File Manager (Explorer replacement)
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28 May 2009   #7
AGlobalThreatsK

7 x64 + XP Pro x86
 
 

Sounds like you want to do the same thing I've been trying to figure out how to do.

https://www.sevenforums.com/general-d...usic-vids.html

I hate these damn libraries, I want my regular pre-library folder structure back.
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28 May 2009   #8
FullyLoadedMan

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit, Mac OS Snow Leopard 10.6
 
 

I like it!

I Think it is a great way to manage your stuff
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28 May 2009   #9
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

It is, if all your stuff is scattered all over your Hardrive, mines always in one spot, so the library is pointless..

Enzo.
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28 May 2009   #10
AGlobalThreatsK

7 x64 + XP Pro x86
 
 

The double-menu is completely redundant and unnecessary for myself and everyone else I associate with. Nobody I know has any use for it. Obviously some people will find a use for it, but for the rest of us, we should at least be able to use the OLD style that worked perfect, or at least be able to move the folder so we cant point it INSIDE the My Documents folder, instead of outside.
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