Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Library feature....I hate it...how to disable?

04 Jan 2010   #21
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

It's the best thing about Window 7, once you get it you will like it but until then you may not, there is a learning curve.

People need to understand that Libraries only point to the actual file that is stored in the user files. It doesn't waste any space at all actually. Once you understand that concept it's so much easier.

You also have full control over which folders are in the library and who you want to share them with. First pictures is to choose who you want to share with. Second is which folders will appear in the Library.




Attached Thumbnails
Library feature....I hate it...how to disable?-libraries-share-.jpg   Library feature....I hate it...how to disable?-homegroup-sharing-librarys.png  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
05 Jan 2010   #22
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by msimon1960 View Post
Apparently some people like the library and the new data storage structure being used in Win7/Vista. Personally, when I saw it in Vista I didn't like it -- seeing it retained in Win7 has been a disappointment.

I played around quite a bit with the new schema in Win7 yesterday (always willing to give sometime a second look) but was unable to configure it reasonably. A real shame since a lot of the other attributes of Win7 look like a real improvement over XP.

I want the old 'My Documents' folder schema back. Would it be too much to ask to have the user container ('Matthew' in my case) enabled with the right click option to change the location to another drive/location? Seems like such an easy fix.

Matthew.
Matthew,

What is missing? The old Documents and settings user structure is still present in Windows 7 with the ability to re-direct the location to another drive - It is augmented by the libraries feature not replaced. The only real change is the renaming of "Documents and settings" to "Users" which in my opinion is actually a more suitable title
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jan 2010   #23
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I am getting used to the library and I rather like it. It saves hunting different locations for various files.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

05 Jan 2010   #24
Nigsy

openSUSE 13.1 64bit
 
 

I love it, if your as scatty and disorganised as me when saving folders then liabary is a god send, save folders how I like then add them to the Liabary.
Sactty folder system automatically organised. Can't see an issue with that!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jan 2010   #25
musiclover7

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I agree with most here.. When I first started using Libraries, I hated them. I was completely turned off, and resentful. Boy, was I in for a happy awakening... I started playing with them a bit.. Now, consider, I am one who has over 4 terabytes of files spanning multiple drives, external drives, network computers, servers, etc.. With libraries, I can group directories into what I see as a simple 'Virtual directory', and in one quick step, view contents spanning multiple drives, computers, directories, in one location.. As soon as I started leveraging this new functionality, I was completely sold, and have never looked back. I would say to those who do not like them.... for now, just set the standard "my documents" folder as the default save location for your documents library, and do the same for pics, movies, etc.. and you will hardly notice a difference in functionality. Then, over the course of time, consider adding another folder full of docs on a network location into the mix, and then, and then.. and see where that gets you..

Arrange by type, and you can select all word documents spanning mutiple drives/devices in one folder view sorted alphabetically, and it appears nearly instantly.. very useful imho..

Now, if you have very few files you need to manage in the first place, this feature will provide no real benefit for you. In short, it was not designed for you, but simply setting your default save locations in the library to be the folder you want, will essentially cause them to function just like the same old folders you have always known and loved.. For folks like me, who have tons of files.. it is incredibly useful..
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jan 2010   #26
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

I decided about a couple weeks ago to use a library for all my photos, and within moments, I loved it. Now I am seriously considering giving it a go with my music files as well.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jan 2010   #27
msimon1960

XP/Ubuntu
 
 

Matthew,

What is missing? The old Documents and settings user structure is still present in Windows 7 with the ability to re-direct the location to another drive - It is augmented by the libraries feature not replaced. The only real change is the renaming of "Documents and settings" to "Users" which in my opinion is actually a more suitable title[/QUOTE]

A couple of things are missing...

1. You can't store 'document' directory on most NAS -- Win7 insists on being able to index the files using it's own mechanism. Since almost all off-the-shelf NAS boxes are based on SAMBA (linux) -- I'm screwed.

2. Intuitively, I should be able to click on 'Matthew' on the main menu and see my stuff.

3. Intuitively, I should be able to right click on 'Matthew' on the main menu and have the option of setting the location of my choice. The option is offered if you dig around using Windows Explorer but not for the 'Matthew' container. Only on the pre-defined subfolders (e.g. Music, Documents, Videos).

4. I find it odd that I can't create new folders in the 'Matthew' container and set their direction. This right seems to be limited, once again, to the pre-determined folders.

For all the flexibility of the 'new' library functions -- they've always been there - I used shortcuts to points to data stores in many different locations. This is just a prettier implementation of the shortcut metaphor.

So...to answer the original posters question...you can't disable or override the library function although I've seen some people tinkering with registry settings to restore the functions that have been lost.

At the risk of being labelled a crank...it would be a nice philosophy for Microsoft to let people organize their stuff according to their tastes and interests. I resent having to reorganize my datastores in the predefined folders.

A couple of easy coding fixes (SP1) would restore the flexibility without upsetting those who like the library metaphor...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jan 2010   #28
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Well, I gave it a go last night with my music, and after a little tinkering, I do like it. So with photos and videos, I pronounce the libraries a good thing.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jan 2010   #29
bunqiejump

7 64bit
 
 
needs more work

because i havent found out how to actually go to a folder from the library (either you cant do it or i cant figure out how) makes this feature pretty useless unless you put everything you have in the librarys.

also the library builds the list of contents in it when you access it which can be annoying when i go to my music library and wait for 4 or so seconds while it builds the list of all my music. if i just go to the folder my music all my songs are displayed instantly.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jan 2010   #30
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by msimon1960 View Post
Matthew,

What is missing? The old Documents and settings user structure is still present in Windows 7 with the ability to re-direct the location to another drive - It is augmented by the libraries feature not replaced. The only real change is the renaming of "Documents and settings" to "Users" which in my opinion is actually a more suitable title
A couple of things are missing...

1. You can't store 'document' directory on most NAS -- Win7 insists on being able to index the files using it's own mechanism. Since almost all off-the-shelf NAS boxes are based on SAMBA (linux) -- I'm screwed.

Yes, you can. I am.


2. Intuitively, I should be able to click on 'Matthew' on the main menu and see my stuff.

You can.

3. Intuitively, I should be able to right click on 'Matthew' on the main menu and have the option of setting the location of my choice. The option is offered if you dig around using Windows Explorer but not for the 'Matthew' container. Only on the pre-defined subfolders (e.g. Music, Documents, Videos).

You have never been able to do this.

4. I find it odd that I can't create new folders in the 'Matthew' container and set their direction. This right seems to be limited, once again, to the pre-determined folders.

Statement doesn't make sense...yes, you can create new folders under 'Matthew.'

For all the flexibility of the 'new' library functions -- they've always been there - I used shortcuts to points to data stores in many different locations. This is just a prettier implementation of the shortcut metaphor.

So...to answer the original posters question...you can't disable or override the library function although I've seen some people tinkering with registry settings to restore the functions that have been lost.

At the risk of being labelled a crank...it would be a nice philosophy for Microsoft to let people organize their stuff according to their tastes and interests. I resent having to reorganize my datastores in the predefined folders.

A couple of easy coding fixes (SP1) would restore the flexibility without upsetting those who like the library metaphor...[/QUOTE]
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Closed Thread

 Library feature....I hate it...how to disable?




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
How to disable the synaptic feature without effecting the mouse pad
I have access to the synapits and the mouse pad in the control panel. I'm afraid to disable it for fear of losing my mouse pad. I just want to get rid of the synapitic feature. Is there a way?:cry:
Hardware & Devices
Annoying Magnifier glass feature -- turn off and disable
Hi all I pressed something by accident on the mouse -- now I've got this really annoying large square box with magnified text inside it instead of a regular mouse cursor How do I switch this off and also PERMANENTLY disable this really ANNOYING feature. I've no idea what I pressed when...
General Discussion
How do I disable a Windows 7 smart typing feature
Seems Windows 7 when I type in file names and it sometimes locks the first letter of a word to lower case and no matter what I do I cannot force it to change from lower case to upper case again. How do I disable this feature or can I? example file name Barneys Night out on the town.avi ...
General Discussion
Possible to disable color hot track feature?
Drives me nuts when I'm trying to browse the internet...a bit of OCD I suppose. Is there anyway to disable it so the icons on the taskbar aren't lit up? Thanks
General Discussion
Disable Media Library Sharing?
I'm not a great fan of Windows Media Player or Center but I am trying to get to grips with them at the moment. I know most of the ins and outs but I have been confounded by disabling sharing of my Windows Media Library. I had a brief look in the tutorials section and couldn't find a way of doing...
Media Center


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:30.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App