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Tip: Enable Libraries in File Explorer navigation pane in Windows 10

Tip: Enable Libraries in File Explorer navigation pane in Windows 10

In Windows 7, the Libraries feature was introduced which is really a useful way to organize your files. Libraries can aggregate files from several different folders and show them under a single, unified view. In Windows 10, the Libraries item is missing by default in the Navigation pane. If you use Libraries frequently, you might want to make them visible like in Windows 7. Here are instructions to enable them for Windows 10.

How to add Libraries to the Home folder in Windows 10

How to add Libraries to the Home folder in Windows 10

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 Windows 10, the Home folder is the location at which Explorer opens so if you wish to add Libraries to the Home folder, here's how you can do it.

How to set a folder view in Explorer for all folders – List, Details, Tiles, Small or Large Icons

How to set a folder view in Explorer for all folders – List, Details, Tiles, Small or Large Icons

If you use the built-in file manager in Windows, Windows Explorer, you will realize that it has a feature to remember each folder's view setting. Unfortunately, it is not explained very properly by Microsoft and some changes were made in modern Windows versions which make it even more confusing for end users. We constantly get this question asked by our readers - is there any way to make Windows Explorer set a desired view for all folders and then remember it? Let us explore how to do that.

How to change the icon of a folder inside a Library

How to change the icon of a folder inside a Library

With Windows 7, Microsoft has introduced Libraries: a wonderful feature of the Explorer shell, which allows you to group multiple folders in a single view, even if they are located on different volumes. Searching through Libraries is also very fast, because Windows performs indexing of all locations which are included inside a Library.

If you use Libraries regularly, you might have noticed that when you open the Properties of a folder to change its icon, you are unable to do so because the Customize tab is missing from the folder's properties.