General Change Default Save Locations for Libraries in Windows 11


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

Contents

  • Option One: Set Default Save Location for a Library
  • Option Two: Set Default Public Save Location for a Library




Option One

Set Default Save Location for a Library


1 Open Libraries in File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Perform one of the following actions: (see screenshots below)
  • Select the library (ex: "Pictures") you want to include a folder in, click/tap on the See more (3 dots) button on the command bar, and click/tap on Properties.
  • Right click or press and hold on the library (ex: "Pictures") you want to include a folder in, and click/tap on Properties.
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3 Select the included folder location you want, and click/tap on Set save location. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on OK to apply. (see screenshot below)

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Option Two

Set Default Public Save Location for a Library


1 Open Libraries in File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Perform one of the following actions: (see screenshots below)
  • Select the library (ex: "Pictures") you want to include a folder in, click/tap on the See more (3 dots) button on the command bar, and click/tap on Properties.
  • Right click or press and hold on the library (ex: "Pictures") you want to include a folder in, and click/tap on Properties.
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3 Select the included folder location you want, and click/tap on Set public save location. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on OK to apply. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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