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How to create libraries and add content to them in Windows 7

Windows 7 incorporates a new location on which the explorer is positioned by default when launched from the task bar and start menu, the calls Libraries.

Windows 7 Libraries It is nothing other than the old My Documents from the previous Microsoft OS, which we can customize and create new ones so that in a single view we have access to different locations on the disk or network. By default, in libraries four appear: Documents, Pictures, Music and Videos.

By default, the physical disk locations of these Windows 7 Libraries are:


  • C: Users * USER * Documents
  • C: Users Public Documents


  • C: Users * USER * Pictures
  • C: Users Public Pictures


  • C: Users * USER * Music
  • C: Users Public Music


  • C: Users * USER * Videos
  • C: Users Public Videos

In all of them, the default save location is local: C: Users * USER * Documents-Pictures-Music-Videos . The public part is for storing content to share with the rest of your network using the appropriate option in the Network and Sharing Center.

Private and public folders in Windows 7 libraries

Change the library locations and save folder

We access Libraries from the taskbar and start menu and, on the library that we want to change, we right-click and select «Properties».

Let’s add the old My Documents location from the old operating system. This will be very useful for the backup copies of the My Documents folder that we have made in Windows XP from which there will be no update option, but it will have to be a clean installation.

Modify Windows 7 Libraries

Here we click on “Include a folder” and add the other folder that we want to become part of the library. After adding the other route, it will look like the following.

Multiple folders added to Windows 7 library

Here we see the summary of how the Documents library looks after adding a third location. In this view the folders are collapsed, just by expanding them we can see all their content:

Vista libraries Windows 7 with 3 paths

Another important aspect of configuring the libraries is which is the default save folder, since this is usually C: Users * USER * Documents, and in my case this does not interest me, since I do not want data to be saved to the operating system installation drive.

To do this, right-click on the library and, from the properties menu, we will select the folder where the default files will be saved by selecting the folder and clicking on the «buttonSet save location«.

Multiple folders added to Windows 7 library

Both steps of adding folders or setting them as default can be extended to other libraries: Music, Videos and Images.