Creating a library question...


  1. Posts : 219
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       #1

    Creating a library question...


    Folks,

    I'm enjoying customizing my Windows 10 install. However, I have a question...

    My 500GB SSD C drive is getting full. According to WinDirStat, the biggest folder is "Downloads", at over 100GB. Now, I like having "Downloads" easily accessible and where it is: There's a Quick Access link, it's on the start menu, it's under "This PC", and there on Frequent Folders, too.

    What I want to do is move my downloads onto my 5Tb drive and be able to access them via "Downloads". My understanding is that I can do that, very easily, by creating a library and linking a download folder to it. That "Download Library" could be on my "C" drive, but the linked files/folders could be on the 5Tb drive.

    How do I create a "Downloads Library" on my C drive which would incorporate the "Downloads" folder already there? Would I be able to add another folder to that library from my 5Tb spinner?

    Thanks,
    Ken
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  2. Posts : 61,917
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #2

    Hello Ken, :)

    If you like, you could use the same steps in the tutorial below to create a Downloads library in Windows 10.

    Downloads Library - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  3. Posts : 219
    Win10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Here's an image of the libraries I have, and why I'm confused.
    On the Navigation pane, there are 4 libraries. But, when I select the "Libraries" folder, I get 6 libraries. The extra ones are Saved Pictures and Camera Roll. Kind of odd.

    How can I use the ThisPC/Users?KenII (My user name)/Downloads folder which comes with Win10 as a library?

    Pix...

    Creating a library question...-libraries.png

    Thanks,
    Ken
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  4. Posts : 219
    Win10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    HOW do you do THAT???

    Look at the post times of my two messages. You must be a common user name of some building filled with MS programmers.

    Thanks, the link seems to be the way I want to go. I'll give it a shot and update the thread.

    Regards,
    Ken
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  5. Posts : 408
    Windows 10 Pro
       #5

    I'm not sure how Libraries are even relevant here, considering that the original issue seems to be simply about relocating the Downloads folder.

    There's no need to involve Libraries in order to move the Downloads folder. Just right-click the Downloads folder to open its properties and specify the new location in the Location tab.
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  6. Posts : 61,917
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #6

    You're most welcome Ken. Please let us know how it went. :)
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  7. Posts : 61,917
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #7

    AndreyT said:
    I'm not sure how Libraries are even relevant here, considering that the original issue seems to be simply about relocating the Downloads folder.

    There's no need to involve Libraries in order to move the Downloads folder. Just right-click the Downloads folder to open its properties and specify the new location in the Location tab.
    Yeah, you could move the Downloads folder to the 5TB drive, but I always found that moving personal folders can be problematic. Especially, if you do a reset, refresh, etc... that breaks the link.

    Having a Downloads library would be a good way to included the Downloads folder and a folder on the 5TB drive in the same location, and make the folder on the 5TB the default save location.
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  8. Posts : 219
    Win10
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Okay...this is not quite working the way I'd want it to...

    See the screenie:

    Creating a library question...-download-image-2.png

    1. I'd like to click on my start button and have the Downloads quick link be linked to my downloads library, not the default downloads folder.

    2. I'd like all new downloads to automatically go into the folder I created on my D drive and linked to my downloads library, "Ken II Downloads".

    3. I'd like the top orange box in the above image to be the library, not the default downloads folder. (This PC/Downloads is the C drive folder.)

    My goal is to have ALL my downloads automatically go to my D drive and thereby keep from cluttering up my C drive.

    Thanks,
    Ken
      My Computer


  9. Posts : 61,917
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #9

    Hey Ken, :)

    1) You can use the tutorial below to change the target location of the "Downloads" folder on your Start list to be that of the Downloads library instead.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3...dows-10-a.html

    2) Set the folder on D that you have included in your Downloads library as the default save location.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/8...dows-10-a.html

    3) Unpin the current Downloads folder from Quick access, and pin the Downloads library instead to Quick access.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html
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