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Change Icon of Library in Windows 11

Windows 7 introduced libraries, which provide users with a single, coherent view of their files even when those files are stored in different locations. Libraries can be configured and organized by a user and a library can contain folders that are found on the user’s computer and also folders that have been shared over a network. Libraries present a simpler view of the underlying storage system because, to the user, the files and folders in a library are displayed in one single view location, no matter where they are actually physically stored.

In File Explorer, users interact with libraries in ways similar to how they would interact with other folders. Libraries are built upon the legacy known folders (such as Camera Roll, Documents, Music, Pictures, Saved Pictures, and Videos), and these known folders are automatically included in the default libraries and set as the default save location.

You can change the the icon of a library to any custom icon you want.

This tutorial will show you how to change the icon of a library for your account in Windows 11.

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Create New Library in Windows 11

Windows 7 introduced libraries, which provide users with a single, coherent view of their files even when those files are stored in different locations. Libraries can be configured and organized by a user and a library can contain folders that are found on the user’s computer and also folders that have been shared over a network. Libraries present a simpler view of the underlying storage system because, to the user, the files and folders in a library are displayed in one single view location, no matter where they are actually physically stored.

In File Explorer, users interact with libraries in ways similar to how they would interact with other folders. Libraries are built upon the legacy known folders (such as Camera Roll, Documents, Music, Pictures, Saved Pictures, and Videos), and these known folders are automatically included in the default libraries and set as the default save location.

This tutorial will show you how to create a new library for your account in Windows 11.

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Restore Default Settings of Library in Windows 11

Windows 7 introduced libraries, which provide users with a single, coherent view of their files even when those files are stored in different locations. Libraries can be configured and organized by a user and a library can contain folders that are found on the user’s computer and also folders that have been shared over a network. Libraries present a simpler view of the underlying storage system because, to the user, the files and folders in a library are displayed in one single view location, no matter where they are actually physically stored.

In File Explorer, users interact with libraries in ways similar to how they would interact with other folders. Libraries are built upon the legacy known folders (such as Camera Roll, Documents, Music, Pictures, Saved Pictures, and Videos), and these known folders are automatically included in the default libraries and set as the default save location.

If needed, you can restore the locations, locations order, template, attributes, and icon settings of a library back to default all at once.

This tutorial will show you how to restore the default settings of a library for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Order of Library Locations in Windows 11

Windows 7 introduced libraries, which provide users with a single, coherent view of their files even when those files are stored in different locations. Libraries can be configured and organized by a user and a library can contain folders that are found on the user’s computer and also folders that have been shared over a network. Libraries present a simpler view of the underlying storage system because, to the user, the files and folders in a library are displayed in one single view location, no matter where they are actually physically stored.

In File Explorer, users interact with libraries in ways similar to how they would interact with other folders. Libraries are built upon the legacy known folders (such as Camera Roll, Documents, Music, Pictures, Saved Pictures, and Videos), and these known folders are automatically included in the default libraries and set as the default save location.

Each library has a default save location and public save location. Users can select a different save location. If the user removes the default save location from a library, the next location in order is automatically selected as the new default save location. If the library is empty of locations or if all included locations cannot be saved to, then the save operation fails.

This tutorial will show you how to change the order of library locations for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Default Save Locations for Libraries in Windows 11

Windows 7 introduced libraries, which provide users with a single, coherent view of their files even when those files are stored in different locations. Libraries can be configured and organized by a user and a library can contain folders that are found on the user’s computer and also folders that have been shared over a network. Libraries present a simpler view of the underlying storage system because, to the user, the files and folders in a library are displayed in one single view location, no matter where they are actually physically stored.

In File Explorer, users interact with libraries in ways similar to how they would interact with other folders. Libraries are built upon the legacy known folders (such as Camera Roll, Documents, Music, Pictures, Saved Pictures, and Videos), and these known folders are automatically included in the default libraries and set as the default save location.

Each library has a default save location and public save location. Users can select a different save location. If the user removes the default save location from a library, the next location is automatically selected as the new default save location. If the library is empty of locations or if all included locations cannot be saved to, then the save operation fails.

  • The default save location for a library determines which included folder an item will be stored to when you copy, move, or save it to the library, rather than a specific location within the library.
  • The default public save location for a library determines which included folder an item will be stored to when users you set to share the library with copy, move, or save the item to the library.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default save locations for a library for your account in Windows 11.

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Remove Folder from Library in Windows 11

Windows 7 introduced libraries, which provide users with a single, coherent view of their files even when those files are stored in different locations. Libraries can be configured and organized by a user and a library can contain folders that are found on the user’s computer and also folders that have been shared over a network. Libraries present a simpler view of the underlying storage system because, to the user, the files and folders in a library are displayed in one single view location, no matter where they are actually physically stored.

In File Explorer, users interact with libraries in ways similar to how they would interact with other folders. Libraries are built upon the legacy known folders (such as Camera Roll, Documents, Music, Pictures, Saved Pictures, and Videos), and these known folders are automatically included in the default libraries and set as the default save location.

This tutorial will show you how to remove a included folder from a library for your account in Windows 11.

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Include Folder in Library in Windows 11

Windows 7 introduced libraries, which provide users with a single, coherent view of their files even when those files are stored in different locations. Libraries can be configured and organized by a user and a library can contain folders that are found on the user’s computer and also folders that have been shared over a network. Libraries present a simpler view of the underlying storage system because, to the user, the files and folders in a library are displayed in one single view location, no matter where they are actually physically stored.

In File Explorer, users interact with libraries in ways similar to how they would interact with other folders. Libraries are built upon the legacy known folders (such as Camera Roll, Documents, Music, Pictures, Saved Pictures, and Videos), and these known folders are automatically included in the default libraries and set as the default save location.

This tutorial will show you how to include a folder in a library for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Libraries in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

Windows 7 introduced libraries, which provide users with a single, coherent view of their files even when those files are stored in different locations. Libraries can be configured and organized by a user and a library can contain folders that are found on the user’s computer and also folders that have been shared over a network. Libraries present a simpler view of the underlying storage system because, to the user, the files and folders in a library are displayed in one single location, no matter where they are actually physically stored.

In File Explorer, users interact with libraries in ways similar to how they would interact with other folders. Libraries are built upon the legacy known folders (such as Camera Roll, Documents, Music, Pictures, Saved Pictures, and Videos), and these known folders are automatically included in the default libraries and set as the default save location.

The navigation pane is the far left pane in File Explorer used to find files, folders, and drives on your PC or network.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Libraries in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

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Disable Adding Locations on Removable Drives to Index and Libraries in Windows

By default, Windows will use the index when searching to give you faster search results. The search index only includes your selected locations. These locations can be filtered for what file types (extensions), file properties, and file contents you want indexed.

Libraries gather folders that are stored in different locations so you can browse them in one place. You can include folders and drives to a library as you like.

By default, users in Windows are able to add locations on removable drives to libraries and as indexed locations.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to add locations on removable drives to libraries and as indexed location for all users in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

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How to Restore Default Settings of Library in Windows 10

Libraries gather folders that are stored in different locations so you can browse them in one place. You can include folders and drives to a library as you like, and set a default save location and public save location for the library.

This tutorial will show you how to completely restore the default settings of a library for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Add Set save location to Context Menu of Libraries in Windows 10

Libraries gather folders that are stored in different locations so you can browse them in one place. You can include folders and drives to a library as you like, and set a default save location and public save location for the library.

A library’s default save location determines which included folder an item will be stored to when you copy, move, or save it to the library.

A library’s public save location determines which included folder an item will be stored to when users or homegroups that you set to share the library with copy, move, or save the item to the library.

You can add the Set save location and Set public save location context menus to libraries and library backgrounds that will let you quickly set a default save location and public save location for a library.

This tutorial will show you how to add Set save location to the context menu of libraries for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add Optimize library for to Context Menu of Libraries in Windows 10

Libraries gather folders that are stored in different locations so you can browse them in one place. You can include folders and drives to a library as you like, and set a default save location and public save location for the library.

You can add a Optimize library for context menu to libraries and library backgrounds that will let you quickly change the template of a library to be optimized for General Items, Documents, Pictures, Music, or Videos.

This tutorial will show you how to add Optimize library for to the context menu of libraries for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add Change Icon to Context Menu of New Libraries in Windows 10

Libraries gather folders that are stored in different locations so you can browse them in one place. You can include folders and drives to a library as you like, and set a default save location and public save location for the library.

You can add a Change icon context menu to new libraries and new library backgrounds that will let you quickly change the icon of a new library.

This tutorial will show you how to add Change icon to the context menu of new libraries for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add Manage Library to Context Menu of Libraries in Windows 10

Libraries gather folders that are stored in different locations so you can browse them in one place. You can include folders and drives to a library as you like, and set a default save location and public save location for the library.

You can add a Manage library context menu to libraries and library backgrounds that will let you quickly view or change the library’s settings instead of doing so from the library’s properties page.

This tutorial will show you how to add Manage library to the context menu of libraries for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add Restore Settings to Context Menu of Libraries in Windows 10

Libraries gather folders that are stored in different locations so you can browse them in one place. You can include folders and drives to a library as you like, and set a default save location and public save location for the library.

You can add a Restore settings context menu to libraries and library backgrounds that will restore the default settings of a library.

This tutorial will show you how to add Restore settings to the context menu of libraries for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Re-order Folder Groups Inside a Library in Windows 10

Libraries gather added folders that are stored in different locations so you can browse them in one place.

By default, grouped folders inside a library show in the same order in which you included them. You can move up and down the folders to arrange them in any order you like.

This tutorial will show you how to re-order folder groups inside a library in Windows 10.

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