Windows 7 introduced a new way to organize files called “Libraries”, which was carried over to Windows 8. Libraries are virtual folders that can centralize related items from multiple locations and can be very handy. However, their benefits are lost on many PC users who find their organization and use to be confusing or annoying. If you would like an easier way to take advantage of Libraries, here is something to try.
The developers at WinAero have come up with another of their useful little free programs for facilitating Windows tasks. This one is called Librarian and will have you creating and modifying your own Windows Libraries in no time. The developer’s page and download link are here.
The download is a zipped file containing both the Windows 7 and the Windows 8 version. It requires no installation but does need two small DLL files that come with the executable file. Place a folder with the executable and its accompanying DLL s in any convenient location. The utility is now in version 3.0. By its nature, it may trigger a UAC challenge. I have run it in 64-bit Windows 7 and 8 with no problems. The interface is shown in the figure below.
Among other things, the program provides an easy way to create new libraries or modify existing ones. Double-clicking a library from the interface shown above opens the dialog shown in the next figure.
And there you have it - a way to add Libraries and make your folders easier to manage.
More information: A detailed description of using the program is found here.
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