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Windows 7: Very confused re: what' in Libraries & elsewhere.

19 Mar 2010   #11
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

I concur. Just because MS provide another feature as they 'improve' on an OS - and what a fantastic OS is W7 - folks should not feel the need to learn new tricks. I'm not using Libraries myself here but it's early days


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19 Mar 2010   #12
windsorlady

Windows 7
 
 
Thanks to everyone who provided input here!

Goodness, what a weath of information your tutorials have -- the ones yo passed on to me re: Libraries. It did help me a lot -- I feel I have a better understanding of how they work.

I'd like to add one comment. I notice the default for folders options does not have checkmarks in the 2 items listed under Navigation pane. It seems as if those should be part of the deafult settings, but I had to place a checkmark in those items to "easily" see what I wanted to see. Maybe that is something for the instructor in this thread -- but bet he already knows that.

Thanks again -- off to do more reading. I appreciate you all.

Windsorlady
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19 Mar 2010   #13
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello windsorlady.



I'll bring this to the attention of Brink but as you say I'm sure he'll have an explanation for you.
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19 Mar 2010   #14
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
I concur. Just because MS provide another feature as they 'improve' on an OS - and what a fantastic OS is W7 - folks should not feel the need to learn new tricks. I'm not using Libraries myself here but it's early days
I was skeptical at first, but now I like them. My hard drive is on 2 partitions, the OS/programs on C:, and everything else on D:. So the Library feature makes it quicker for me to access my stuff.
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20 Mar 2010   #15
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
I concur. Just because MS provide another feature as they 'improve' on an OS - and what a fantastic OS is W7 - folks should not feel the need to learn new tricks. I'm not using Libraries myself here but it's early days
Very nice and detailed guide here:
http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/ff_libraries.asp
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21 Mar 2010   #16
windsorlady

Windows 7
 
 
I do like the Libraries

When I started this thread, I was using the libraries -- finding files/folders there, moving files/folders within, etc. Where my confusion came was I've been told to NOT "work in he libraries" but only in the User MY DOCUMENTS file. I could not see any reason not to use the libraries. It's much easier to view the libraries than to scroll down an entire list looking for the User account folder and work in and out of there. I use the Windows Explorer "tree" in all cases, but seems useless to make extra hunting for the folders. The libraries feature is great. Since making my post, I've gathered lots of good information in this thread and appreciate you all.

Thanks,

Windsorlady
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21 Mar 2010   #17
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again windsorlady.



We're glad we've been able to help.
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09 Nov 2010   #18
Sheree

windows 7 64
 
 
saving in windows 7

Hi I am still as confused as ever about the way windows is storing my work.

I seem to have folders everywhere, i deleted one lot and lost the compete folder of pictures because it went from everywhere.

I dont know if I make amendments to one folder if it changes in the other folders, are will they have the old work in them?

All i want to do is to save something go to my documents and open it, but i have folders here there and everywhere now.

I run training course which i am constantly updating and dont know which file i am working on.

I am thinking of just putting the courses on a disk and taking the lot of the computer, i could be updating something and then sending the old stuff out how am i suppose to know, if i put the course name in search bar i get 4 copies of the same thing, can anyone help me before dump windows 7 and business home and office and go back to my old computer that saved everything once. Sheree
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09 Nov 2010   #19
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

In win7 thare are two main ways of working with user folders

User folders or Libraries

Both use special types of shortcut links that provide an index to where the actual files are kept

Each user has an area assigned to them for their personal data (this includes documents, videos, music and pictures) and their settings and the settings of the programs they use.

This area is found under the c:\users and each user has an entry using their actual user name

there are also entries here for the public folders and settings.

As there is a possibility that a user may cause damage to their system settings if they work in the actual folders and accidentally delete the wrong file or folder, windows provides the user shortcuts to those folders which only contain user data.

These shortcuts are available on the start menu either grouped together under the username at the top of the list or as individual entries. Clicking an the user folder shortcut is exactly the same as clicking on the actual folder under c:\users\username

I strongly advise that users only access these locations via the shortcuts provided.

Libraries are also a special type of shortcut but one that point to more than one location.

The default is for the libraries to point to the relevant user and public folders.

For example the documents library will point to the users and the public document folders.

You can, if you have an existing folder structure, maybe on another disk, add these folders to the relevant library or even create your own to, for example, pull together all the relevant folders for a particular project.

If you only use the standard user folders in c:\users then there is no need to use the libraries if you do not want to, and of course the same applies for the user folder shortcuts on the start menu - although this does make things easier and safer

These systems were put in place to prevent regular problems encountered in XP where the documents and settings folders were incorrectly edited
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10 Nov 2010   #20
windsorlady

Windows 7
 
 

I'd like to mention something I have happen sometimes. I do work in the user folders and not the libraries. Sometimes when I save a file, I do not see it added to the list of files on my screen. If I to to the address bar (or the bar where it shows the location of where you are) and click 1 level up and the back, it does then appear. This doesn't happen all the time and I've not figured out what I'm doing when that does happen. At least I do find it once saved, but have to use the method above to see it at times.

Here's an example of the address bar -- C:username/MyDocuments/Computer Information. If I saved a file in Computer Information, I sometimes don't see that file; however, if I click on MyDocuments, then click again on Computer Information in the address bar, it will then appear for me.

Sure seems weird to me, but I figured out the fix (LOL).
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