Libraries is a special folder in Windows, introduced in Windows 7. It allows you to create libraries - special folders which can aggregate files from several different folders and show it under a single, unified view. A library is an indexed location, meaning Windows Search will be completed faster in a library compared to a regular non-indexed folder. In Windows 7, when you opened Explorer using the mouse, it opened the Libraries folder. In this article, we will see how to add or remove a library from the navigation pane in File Explorer in Windows.
By default, Windows 10 comes with the following libraries:
- Camera Roll
- Saved Pictures
Note: If the Libraries folder is not visible in your File Explorer, see the article:
The following libraries are pinned to the navigation pane by default:
You can hide a library from the navigation pane or add a new library there. For example, if you've created a custom library, you might want to make it visible on the left in File Explorer.
Add a Library to the Navigation Pane in Windows 10
There are three methods to add a library to the navigation pane. Let's review them.
Using the Context Menu
- Open This PC in File Explorer.
- Click on Libraries on the left to open the folder.
- Right-click the Library you want to add to the navigation pane and click on Show in navigation pane.
Using the Ribbon
- Select the desired library in the Libraries folder.
- In the Ribbon, go to the Manage tab will appear under Library tools.
- Click on the Show in navigation pane button.
Using the Library Properties Dialog
- Right-click a library and select "Properties" in the context menu. Tip: You can open Properties of a library, file or folder faster if you double-click it while holding the ALT key. See How to open file or folder properties quickly in Windows File Explorer.
- In Properties, Check the Shown in navigation pane box.
Regardless of the method you are using, the library will appear in the navigation pane.
Remove a Library from the Navigation pane
To remove a library from the navigation pane in Windows 10, you can use one of the following methods.
- Right-click the desired library in the navigation pane and select Don't show in navigation pane in the context menu.
- Right-click the library in the Libraries folder and select Don't show in navigation pane in the context menu.
- Uncheck the box Shown in navigation pane box in the library properties dialog.
- Click on the Show in navigation pane button in the Ribbon.
You are done.
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