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Windows 7: Libraries - Am I missing the point?

18 Nov 2009   #11
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
At least you can remove the libraries user icon from the start menu...
You can also remove all of the libraries from the library folder so it's not taking up space. I don't know of a way to remove the Libraries folder itself.


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18 Nov 2009   #12
Qdos

 

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18 Nov 2009   #13
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Thanks.
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18 Nov 2009   #14
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by garysgold View Post
...so it's not taking up space.
4 KB (with the default 4096 cluster size) per library is a lot of space?

If you are curious, here is what a library really is:
Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<libraryDescription xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/windows/2009/library">
  <name>@shell32.dll,-34575</name>
  <ownerSID>S-1-5-21-298772887-1063904651-2225699868-1000</ownerSID>
  <version>10</version>
  <isLibraryPinned>true</isLibraryPinned>
  <iconReference>imageres.dll,-1002</iconReference>
  <templateInfo>
    <folderType>{7d49d726-3c21-4f05-99aa-fdc2c9474656}</folderType>
  </templateInfo>
  <propertyStore>
    <property name="HasModifiedLocations" type="boolean"><![CDATA[true]]></property>
  </propertyStore>
  <searchConnectorDescriptionList>
    <searchConnectorDescription publisher="Microsoft" product="Windows">
      <description>@shell32.dll,-34577</description>
      <isDefaultSaveLocation>true</isDefaultSaveLocation>
      <simpleLocation>
        <url>knownfolder:{FDD39AD0-238F-46AF-ADB4-6C85480369C7}</url>
        <serialized>[really long value]</serialized>
      </simpleLocation>
    </searchConnectorDescription>
    <searchConnectorDescription>
      <isSupported>true</isSupported>
      <simpleLocation>
        <url>S:\Documents</url>
        <serialized>[really long value]</serialized>
      </simpleLocation>
    </searchConnectorDescription>
  </searchConnectorDescriptionList>
</libraryDescription>
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18 Nov 2009   #15
Qdos

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by garysgold View Post
...so it's not taking up space.
4 KB (with the default 4096 cluster size) per library is a lot of space?
I think he may have been referring to real estate on your monitor...
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18 Nov 2009   #16
satchmo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Here is an example how libraries can be helpful for a very organized person.

I have my son's photographs stored under "Pictures/Personal/<my son's name>/" and his videos stored under "Videos/<my son's name>/".

These are two different folders, so if I want to access my son's videos and pictures at the same time, I had to open both folders.

With libraries, I can just open one folder and have direct access to all the files.
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18 Nov 2009   #17
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by garysgold View Post
...so it's not taking up space.
4 KB (with the default 4096 cluster size) per library is a lot of space?
I think he may have been referring to real estate on your monitor...
Exactly. Sorry for the confusion.
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19 Nov 2009   #18
Sigurd

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
Libraries are useful for untidy disorganized users.

If you're accustomed to mapping files to organized folders where you know where they can be found then it's nothing but a purely annoying 'feature'...

I wish Windows7 allowed users the option to turn off the irritating libraries function, it really only exists for people who clutter up their files all over the shop...
I think that is why I asked the question. I do have my folders and files organised so I can generally find what I need as a result of that and the excellent search function. So I found the Library just seemed to add an extra top layers and then duplicate the folder organisation I had already created.

I can however see merit in Satchmo's suggestion. That is one way to get some additional benefit but you need to be organised to start with!
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19 Nov 2009   #19
MUff1N

Windows® 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I love the new Libraries feature of W7!
It makes finding what you need fast so easy!!!
Once you get it setup how you want it (folders you use a lot) it's a breeze as having them all in one place really speeds things up........
This is something I can't do without now...
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19 Nov 2009   #20
Qdos

 

I find it pointless. Over the years I've developed filing and archiving habits, and I put certain materials in certain places to not only be tidy and sure where to find whatever I want to call up, but to prevent accidentally viewing certain material at certain times (depending on who may be able to look over my shoulder and where I may be if using a notebook).

Libraries majorly negate this, it's a step backwards. The least Microsoft could have done was provider users with libraries as a switchable function - instead of forcing it into your face, want it or not...
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