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Libraries in Windows 7

Have you often noticed in the Start menu of your Windows links to My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, etc.? ? And how many of you use these folders for their intended purpose and store in them what is meant? And how many users store all this data in other folders, perhaps on another hard disk?

I think that many of those and other users. One uses the standard “My Documents” folders and the rest because it is just convenient. Others do not use these folders, because they store data in other places, because it is more convenient for them.

For a long time I did not use the local folders offered by the operating system at all, because they seemed to me unreliable. In the event of a system crash, all my documents and pictures flew away. Therefore, I stored all this data on the second hard disk in separate folders, which I always had shortcuts on my desktop. Then, starting somewhere with Windows XP, I began to switch the path in the settings of the “My Documents” folder, indicating the location of my document folder on the second hard disk. It seemed to be quite convenient and fairly safe, since the data was stored on a different disk than the system disk, and the transition to this data was carried out automatically from any dialog or explorer window.

At the end of October, I switched to Windows 7 and now I can use all the charms of this system, including the new ability to compile libraries of data from different folders. In fact, these are virtual folders, data in which fall from different folders, which can be set independently in the settings. Now the folder “My Documents”, “My Pictures” and the rest are libraries. It is enough to set the necessary folders in the settings, how the data from them will immediately be displayed in the selected library. If on your computer, for example, several folders with music on different disks, if you have several folders with documents or several folders with any other data, then you can now easily combine them into libraries and use them as one single folder. It is enough to set the folder list in the library settings, where the information will come from, how all this data will immediately appear in the library file list.

In addition to specifying a list of data folders, in the library settings you can set a standard folder to which data will be recorded when adding items to the library. Thus, it is possible to regulate the entry of new data into the library. To make it clearer, I will describe with examples from my practice how I organized and used it.

I have several folders with music, where digitized songs are stored from CDs (I listen to CDs in the car, and in order not to drag the discs back and forth, I digitize them to a computer). All the music I have sorted by artist, in each folder with the artist are folders with albums. When adding new melodies, I immediately put everything in the right folders. But there are situations when time is running out and I need to quickly throw music into a folder. Then I just threw this music into the music folder, and then, when there is time, I deal with it, sorting everything by the necessary folders. Sometimes it was necessary to sort several albums of different artists at once, which is not very convenient (basically the big list hindered, since all these folders were on the same list with the artists).

Now, in Windows 7, I did this. I attached a unique folder “Disassembled” to the “Music” library (and to all the others too), and made it standard for recording. That is, now, when I upload new discs to the Music library, they fall into the Unsorted folder. Then, by a file manager or a conductor, I scatter information from this folder into the necessary directories. It turns out that the folder “Unsorted” plays the role of an incoming folder, into which everything that needs to be sorted falls, and there can be nothing else in it. And these data do not overlap with those that are already distributed in folders, and this greatly facilitates the subsequent distribution.

If you switched to Windows 7 and still do not use libraries, I highly recommend trying it, it is really convenient!

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