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Windows 7: How to get rid of the library?

09 Jul 2011   #1
kahill1918

Win 7 64-bit
 
 
How to get rid of the library?

I don't want the library there on my desktop. I don't want it there anywhere. I like all my folders laid out in plain sight on the desktop, not shelved on some library shelf.

Thanks.


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09 Jul 2011   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Kahill, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Libraries let you access and arrange items from one or more folders quickly without moving them from their original location. Libraries themselves don't store your files or folders. Instead, they point to different locations on a hard disk or external drive attached to your computer. This gives you easy access to a category of files no matter where they are stored. For instance, if you have music files on your hard disk and on an external drive, you can access all of your music files from within the "Music" library.

If you are still set on removing them, then this will help show you how to with an easy option to restore them later if you should decide to.

Libraries Desktop Icon - Add or Remove

and

Libraries Folder - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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09 Jul 2011   #3
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

kahill,
Before you jump off the deep end, please:
WIN + F1 key combo | type library

Read the info there.

WIN is the key with the Microsoft flag on top.

Libraries are one of the great advancement over XP days.
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09 Jul 2011   #4
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Agreed with all the others above. You don't like the libraries because they are new and you don't understand them. Learn about them before you start ripping things out of the OS. That is why we have new versions. If you want to stay in the XP days, use XP.
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10 Jul 2011   #5
kahill1918

Win 7 64-bit
 
 

Many thanks for your advice. I'll try to understand the libraries better. Problem though is that "My Documents" shows up at the Library, and I also have "Documents" on the dekstop. I thought my "Documents" folders and files would show up at "My Documents," but they don't. Further "My Documents" icon is missing. It was for this reason I created the "Documents" folder.

Also when I do a search, sometimes it says the file is in the library, but I cannot find the library. It does not show up on the desktop or in the Start Menu, etc. The only way I know something is in the library is when the Search bar says so.
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10 Jul 2011   #6
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

kahill,
Brink has written an excellent tutorial on restoring those missing Libraries.

Search the Tutorial index on the word Library and I'm sure you will find it.
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10 Jul 2011   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I've been around a while and I have a complete grasp of Libraries and I still hate the concept.
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10 Jul 2011   #8
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

That's just because they won't let you into libraries without shoes on.
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10 Jul 2011   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
That's just because they won't let you into libraries without shoes on.


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18 Oct 2012   #10
brianmit

Win7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

I too hate this ridiculous Libraries concept. And no! I am not old fashioned, and I understand the concept.
I am actually quite grown up. I certainly don't need to be continually babied by Windows ideas of "My" documents, "My" this or that. That's for children who have had their imagination smashed out of them at school. Will we soon get "My very bestest friends", "My toy box", "My favourite lollipop flavours?"
I am an independent journalist and tutor. And like I'm sure any computer user, I am quite capable of creating sub-folders in my Documents folders for sub-divisions of my data; and can create shortcuts for them and organise them elsewhere if I want.
If Microsoft wants to baby other people along; at least give the rest of us grownups the option not to be babied with something we can easily do ourselves.
The problem is that surplus capital has to be re-absorbed and companies need to keep selling operating systems, mobile phones and lawn mowers. It is also common practice for big corporations to 'ration' new developments over a few years of new versions in order to keep selling them with dubious "improvements."
It is also general practice for IT departments to not go over to a new OS for a year or two.
Personally, I believe Windows 2000 Pro (NT5) the best, most flexible and configurable OS and I am quite tempted to go back to it.
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