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.
The following table show which locations are supported in Windows libraries.
|Fixed local volumes (NTFS/FAT)||Removable drives|
|Shares that are indexed (departmental servers*, Windows home PCs)||Removable media (such as DVDs)|
Network shares that are accessible through DFS Namespaces or are part of a failover cluster
|Shares that are available offline (redirected folders that use Offline Files)||Network shares that aren't available offline or remotely indexed|
Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices
|Other data sources: SharePoint, Exchange, etc.|
Windows 7 introduces libraries, which provide users with a single, coherent view of their files even when those files are stored in different locations.
All about Windows Libraries, which are containers for users' content, such as Documents and Pictures.
This tutorial will show you how to include a folder in a library for your account in Windows 11.
Right click or press and hold on the folder you want to include in a library, and click/tap on Show more options. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on Include in library, and click/tap on the library you want to include the folder in. (see screenshot below)
If you do not have the Include in library context menu item available, then the folder is in an unsupported location to be included in a library.
Open Libraries in File Explorer (Win+E).
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.
Click/tap on Add in the library's Properties page. (see screenshot below)
Navigate to and select the folder you want to include in this library, and click/tap on Include folder. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on OK to apply. (see screenshot below)
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