Restore Default Libraries in Windows 10

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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 restore the default libraries in Windows 10 in case you have deleted them.

By default, Windows 10 comes with the following libraries:

  • Documents
  • Music
  • Pictures
  • Videos
  • Camera Roll
  • Saved Pictures

Note: If the Libraries folder is not visible in your File Explorer, see the article:

Enable Libraries in File Explorer navigation pane in Windows 10

If have deleted any of the default libraries by a mistake, Windows 10 allows you to restore it quickly.

To restore the default libraries in Windows 10, do the following.

    1. Open This PC in File Explorer.
    2. Click on Libraries on the left to open the folder.
    3. Right-click the Libraries item on the left and select Restore default libraries in the context menu.

The libraries you have deleted will re-appear in the folder.

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You can add or remove the following library context menus:

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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