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

13 Mar 2010   #31
Delboy938D

Windows7
 
 

New to Win7, I started to play with Libraries. I was expecting to be able to edit files & folders in the libraries without changing the source data.

Thats not the case. Well, as far as I can tell.

Windows help tells me "If you delete files or folders from within a library, they're also deleted from their original locations."

To me, this seems to make the whole thing pointless. I was epecting that a library was just a set of virtual links to the source data & that one could easily reorganise the library by deleting files & folders without risk of deleting the source data.

Am I missing something here ?


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13 Mar 2010   #32
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Delboy938D View Post
Am I missing something here ?
Yes. Libraries takes real locations and aggregate the contents into one view. It does not virtualize the contents, that never was the point nor should it.
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14 Mar 2010   #33
pezzonovante

Windows 7 RTM x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Delboy938D View Post
New to Win7, I started to play with Libraries. I was expecting to be able to edit files & folders in the libraries without changing the source data.

Thats not the case. Well, as far as I can tell.

Windows help tells me "If you delete files or folders from within a library, they're also deleted from their original locations."

To me, this seems to make the whole thing pointless. I was epecting that a library was just a set of virtual links to the source data & that one could easily reorganise the library by deleting files & folders without risk of deleting the source data.

Am I missing something here ?
I think you are trying to remove files/folders from the library. You can do that by modifying the locations which are included in that library.
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14 Mar 2010   #34
Delboy938D

Windows7
 
 

Yes, I am trying to remove specific files & sub folders from a library.
By example, I add into the library a folder called 2007Photos from My Pictures (this was done for me automatically somehow by Windows anyway). This contains a lot of individual photos & subfolders (i.e StupidPartyShots for example) which I dont want in that partuclulary library.

I can see how to remove the whole 2007Photos folder, but not the lower folders or individual files. Is there a way to do this ?

If I build the library up by adding the individual sub folders, folder by folder from My Pictures then i can remove a specific folder from the library, without changing the source data. Ok sweet, so I presume thats how one is supposed to build up a library, bottom up.

But since the Library somehow automatically put all the files & subfolders from My Pictures into the Library, I thought, hey thats cool and so I expected to be able edit out the files & subfolders that I didnt want in that Library. If that possible then I will be happy!
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14 Mar 2010   #35
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

A Library is given a folder and everything in that folder is displayed, the items in that folder are not maintained by the library. Meaning you cannot exclude content from the library. A library is just a window into multiple folders at a given time.
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14 Mar 2010   #36
JazzSus

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Thread is hijacked anyway. My reminder to justify my dislike of libraries is : Where the new files are saved?.....again on C:\User ??....I dont get it. Is root feature in win organization like "My Documents" before in older OS. Took me long time to learn "How to" point my folders to different drive [D:....] and now again this doesnt work and I should deal with "imaginary branched folders"....sorry is to much right now for me to understand this logic.
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14 Mar 2010   #37
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JazzSus View Post
Thread is hijacked anyway. My reminder to justify my dislike of libraries is : Where the new files are saved?.....again on C:\User ??....I dont get it. Is root feature in win organization like "My Documents" before in older OS. Took me long time to learn "How to" point my folders to different drive [D:....] and now again this doesnt work and I should deal with "imaginary branched folders"....sorry is to much right now for me to understand this logic.
Libraries save where you want to save to. If you just choose the library and no subfolder or location it will save to the default location which you can pick. See the screen shot bellow. (The checkmark is the current default save location.)


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28 Mar 2010   #38
Delboy938D

Windows7
 
 

For those like me just startin out with the "fun" of libraries I found in WMP Options Media Library Settings - "Delete files from computer when deleted from library"
Hey thats just what I wanted to disable! Now I can add a folder in WMP & delete individual files without deleting the originals.Cool.

I also get an unexpected situation. The Folders added into Picture Library via WMP automaticaly showup in the Picture Library in Libraries, & vice versa. So I thought ok same libary or "window". So now with the setting above unchecked, I delete individual files from the Picture Library in WMP, retaining the original. But hey - they are still in the Picture Libary in "Libraries" under the desktop.
Do I really have two Picture Libaries? Funny becasue one works like I want, in WMP, the other one doesnt. Its going to beconfusing two have two libraries, with the same name, automatically adding files to the other one, but not exactly the same.

Is there any way I can stop Folders that I add into Libraries in WMP, being added automatically in the "Libraries" under the desktop?

Or is there a way of making the Option "Delete files from computer when deleted from library", available in WMP, applicable to all Libraries?
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28 Mar 2010   #39
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

I am very confused by this thread and other threads on the subject of libraries - and there are more than one.

Libraries is a new feature in Windows 7. One may like it and use it, or one may dislike it and not use it. That's it. Why is this such a big deal to people? When people are asking to disable it - what exactly do you want to disable? Why not using it is not enough?

If you are not using it and you somehow resent seeing the link to Libraries in the Navigation pane, then you can use the tutorials to remove the link, see Brink's post earlier in the thread.

If some program you are using wants to save files in a Library and you don't like that - you can always change the default file location for that program. That's what I do for any new program I use, since there is no way the developers would know where do I want to store my files.

Finally, if you are complaining that Libraries somehow prevent you from creating your own folders structure - then you are mistaken, they are not. You can create you r own set of folders and customize then to your taste, and you can do that anywhere on your system, either within the C:\Users tree or not - I personally have never used the default "My ..." folders, so what, do I have to start a campaign for these folders to be removed? I actually did that once, back in Windows 2000, I wanted to get rid of those folders completely. But I learned that they are so embedded in to the Windows structure, that while it was in fact possible, it was simply not worth the effort. So I started to create my own folder tree for my files and ignore the fact that "My Music" and such exist. Now, I can create my own Libraries, which allows me to see the content of several folders at once, without changing anything about them. if you don't want to do this - then don't.
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28 Mar 2010   #40
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Note   Note
Thread closed.

Please post your own separate issues with this as a New Thread instead for specific individual help on it.

Thank you,
Shawn
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