General Remove Folder from Library in Windows 11


  • Staff
Libraries_banner.png

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.

See also:

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


Removing an included folder from a library does not delete the folder or the contents of the folder.




Here's How:

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 remove a folder from, 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 remove a folder from, and click/tap on Properties.
Remove_folder_from_library_properties-2.png
Remove_folder_from_library_properties-1.png

3 Select the included folder location you want to remove, and click/tap on Remove. (see screenshot below)

Remove_folder_from_library_properties-3.png

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

Remove_folder_from_library_properties-4.png


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

Attachments

  • Libraries.png
    Libraries.png
    6.5 KB · Views: 17
Last edited:

dwall

Member
Local time
1:26 AM
Posts
12
OS
Windows 11
I was never a of fan of Libraries, so I just show and use Quick Access folders. Is there any benefit to using Libraries, instead?
Image3.png
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Microsoft 15" Surface Laptop 4
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon
    Hard Drives
    512GB WD SSD
    Internet Speed
    384 Mbps per attached network device
    Browser
    MS Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 8950
    CPU
    12th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-12900K, 3200 Mhz, 16 Core(s), 24 Logical Processor(s)
    Memory
    32 GB DDR5
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" Samsung
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3 (BT)
    Keyboard
    Arteck (BT)
    Internet Speed
    800
    Browser
    MS Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

Brink

Administrator
Staff member
MVP
Thread Starter
Local time
12:26 AM
Posts
4,162
OS
Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
I was never a of fan of Libraries, so I just show and use Quick Access folders. Is there any benefit to using Libraries, instead? [ATTACH type="full"

Hello dwall, :)

It really depends on your usage.

Quick access is basically just a place to quickly open recent and pinned locations from. Think shortcuts.

A library is basically a way to access the files from different locations in one place instead.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 980 PRO M.2,
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Motorola MB8611 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1
    CPU
    i7-1065G7 3.9 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR4-3200
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3" 4K UWVA AMOLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium

dwall

Member
Local time
1:26 AM
Posts
12
OS
Windows 11
Huh, I thought Libraries were simply a collection of default folder shortcuts already made and that you could add to :unsure:
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Microsoft 15" Surface Laptop 4
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon
    Hard Drives
    512GB WD SSD
    Internet Speed
    384 Mbps per attached network device
    Browser
    MS Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 8950
    CPU
    12th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-12900K, 3200 Mhz, 16 Core(s), 24 Logical Processor(s)
    Memory
    32 GB DDR5
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" Samsung
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3 (BT)
    Keyboard
    Arteck (BT)
    Internet Speed
    800
    Browser
    MS Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

Brink

Administrator
Staff member
MVP
Thread Starter
Local time
12:26 AM
Posts
4,162
OS
Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
Huh, I thought Libraries were simply a collection of default folder shortcuts already made and that you could add to :unsure:

A library would be more of a collection of symbolic links or junction points to access from to the source locations.

You can include any folder(s) you want in a library.

Basically, a library is just a way to access different included locations in one place the same way as if accessed directly from the sources.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 980 PRO M.2,
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Motorola MB8611 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1
    CPU
    i7-1065G7 3.9 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR4-3200
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3" 4K UWVA AMOLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium

dwall

Member
Local time
1:26 AM
Posts
12
OS
Windows 11
Well, I am not seeing the benefit of using them over my currently using Quick Access for my most used locations as they seem to provide the same service and would be a bit redundant. ;-)
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Microsoft 15" Surface Laptop 4
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon
    Hard Drives
    512GB WD SSD
    Internet Speed
    384 Mbps per attached network device
    Browser
    MS Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 8950
    CPU
    12th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-12900K, 3200 Mhz, 16 Core(s), 24 Logical Processor(s)
    Memory
    32 GB DDR5
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" Samsung
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3 (BT)
    Keyboard
    Arteck (BT)
    Internet Speed
    800
    Browser
    MS Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

Brink

Administrator
Staff member
MVP
Thread Starter
Local time
12:26 AM
Posts
4,162
OS
Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
Well, I am not seeing the benefit of using them over my currently using Quick Access for my most used locations as they seem to provide the same service and would be a bit redundant. ;-)

I'd use whatever works best for you. :)
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 980 PRO M.2,
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Motorola MB8611 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1
    CPU
    i7-1065G7 3.9 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR4-3200
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3" 4K UWVA AMOLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
Top Bottom