Creating Additional Libraries
Users can create additional libraries to organize their work better. To create a new library, follow these steps:
- Click the New Library button on the toolbar and type a name for your new library. This will create a new library that has no library locations and is configured for general content (mixed file types).
- Right-click the new library you created and select Properties to open the properties sheet for the new library.
- Include one or more folders in your new library as needed using the procedure outlined in the section titled "Adding Nonindexed Remote Locations to a Library" earlier in this tutorial.
- Select the Optimize This Library For option and select the type of file content that you plan on storing in your library.
Users can also create a new library and include an indexed folder in the library in a single step by right-clicking the folder or network share in Windows Explorer, selecting Include In Library, and then selecting Create New Library.
By opening the properties sheet for a library, the following library attributes can be modified:
- Library name
- Library locations
- Default save location
- Type of file content for which the library is optimized
- Visibility of the library in navigation pane
- Whether the library is shared (only in HomeGroup scenarios)
Libraries can be customized further by editing their Library Description files, which are Extensible Markup Language (XML) files with the file extension .library-ms that are stored in the %Appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries folder.
When a library is displayed in the navigation pane of Windows Explorer, selecting the library node will display all of the files in all configured locations. This allows users to view the contents of both local folders and remote shares from a single place, making it easier for them to browse for specific files they want.
Users can include more folders in a library or remove existing ones by clicking Locations (next to Includes) beneath the library name. Doing this opens a dialog box displaying a list of configured locations.
Typing text in the Search box when a library is selected in Windows Explorer will result in searching the entire library and all its locations for the specified text.
In this tutorial:
- Managing Users and User Data
- Understanding User Profiles in Windows 7
- Types of User Profiles
- User Profile Namespace
- User Profile Namespace in Windows XP
- User Profile Namespace in Windows Vista and Windows 7
- Application Compatibility Issue
- Disabling Known Folders
- Windows 7 Understanding Libraries
- Working with Libraries
- Including Indexed Folders in a Library
- Adding Nonindexed Remote Locations to a Library
- Creating Additional Libraries
- Managing Libraries
- Implementing Corporate Roaming
- Understanding Roaming User Profiles and Folder Redirection
- Understanding Roaming User Profiles in Earlier Versions of Windows
- Understanding Folder Redirection in Earlier Versions of Windows
- Enhancements to Roaming User Profiles and Folder Redirection Previously Introduced in Windows Vista
- Additional Enhancements to Roaming User Profiles and Folder Redirection Introduced in Windows 7
- Improved First Logon Performance With Folder Redirection
- Implementing Folder Redirection
- Configuring the Redirection Method
- Configuring Target Folder Location
- Configuring Redirection Options
- Configuring Policy Removal Options
- Folder Redirection and Sync Center
- Considerations for Mixed Environments
- Additional Group Policy Settings for Folder Redirection
- Troubleshooting Folder Redirection
- Implementing Roaming User Profiles
- Creating a Default Network Profile
- Configuring a User Account to Use a Roaming Profile
- Implementing Mandatory Profiles
- Implementing Super-Mandatory Profiles
- Managing User Profiles Using Group Policy
- Working with Offline Files
- Enhancements to Offline Files Introduced Previously in Windows Vista
- Additional Enhancements to Offline Files Introduced in Windows 7
- Understanding Offline File Sync
- Modes of Operation in Offline Files
- Managing Offline Files
- Managing Offline Files Using Windows Explorer
- Managing Offline Files Using the Offline Files Control Panel
- Managing Offline Files Using Sync Center
- Configuring Offline Files on the Server
- Managing Offline Files Using Group Policy
- Offline Files Policy Settings Introduced in Windows Vista
- Additional Offline Files Policy Settings for Windows 7