The Libraries feature was introduced in Windows 7 as part of the updated Explorer application. It allows you to consolidate multiple folders under a single Library so that content across various locations can be aggregated in a single folder-like view. The default libraries created in Windows are intended to group similar content like Pictures, Videos, Music and Documents. For example, the two Pictures folders - the one for your user account and the Public (Shared) pictures folder - are both included in the Pictures Library. You can add your own folders to any custom or predefined library. By default, Windows shows folders inside a library in the order in which you added those folders. You might be interested in reorganizing them and change their display order. It is a very simple, but not so obvious feature of Libraries. In this article, we will see how to re-order folders inside any Windows library.
It can be done via the Properties of the Library. Just follow the instructions below.
- Open File Explorer and click the Libraries item in the Navigation Pane on the left. This will open Libraries. You can open them directly as well with a special shell command. Press Win + R shortcut keys together on the keyboard and type the following in the Run box:
- Select a library, right click it and choose "Properties" from the context menu.
- You will see the folders listed in the order in which they are included in the current library.
- Now, you can simply re-order them by drag and drop! Drag the folders up or down to set the desired order and you are done. I bet you didn't know this!