Slideshow: Create new Libraries in Windows 7 and increase productivity

Windows 7 provides you with four Libraries

By default Microsoft Windows 7 provides you with four Libraries: Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos.

You can think of the Libraries technology in Windows 7 as collection points for files of a certain type that can exist in any number of locations. By default, Windows 7 configures the Libraries on a system to display files from your local system. For example, the Documents Library displays files from the My Documents and Public Documents folders on your system. However, you can easily add other locations.

For example, you can customize the Documents Library on a Windows 7 system to display all the documents on an external hard disk, on your team members' My Documents folder, as well as on your company's file server. Now, instead of having to manually troll all over the network to track down files, all you have to do is just go to your local Documents library and everything that you could ever need is right there.

In addition to adding folders to one of the existing Libraries, you can create your own Libraries with narrower focus and add specific folders to your libraries.

In this gallery edition of the Windows Desktop Report, I'll show you how to create your own Libraries in Windows 7. As I do, I'll discuss Libraries in more detail.

By Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.