Include Folder or Drive to Library in Windows 10  

    Include Folder or Drive to Library in Windows 10

    Include Folder or Drive to Library in Windows 10

    How to Include Folder or Drive to a Library in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Customization
    24 Jul 2020
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    How to Include Folder or Drive to a Library in Windows 10


    Libraries gather folders that are stored in different locations so you can browse them in one place. You can include folders and drives to a library as you like.

    When you include a folder in a library, the files appear in the library, but continue to be stored in their original locations.

    Your Camera Roll, Documents, Music, Pictures, Saved Pictures, and Videos libraries are in the hidden %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries folder.

    See also: Windows libraries | Microsoft Docs

    Where is the folder stored? Can it be included in a library?
    On your C drive, or other internal drives on your PC Yes
    On a CD or DVD No
    On a USB flash drive, SD card, microSD card, or portable external hard drive Yes, but the files and folders will be available only when the device or drive is connected.
    On a network Yes, as long as the network location is indexed, or the folder has been made available offline.
    On a different PC in your homegroup Yes
    On a network-attached storage (NAS) device No

    • You can include up to 50 folders and drives to a library, but the included folder or drive (parent) can have as many folders in it as usual.
    • If you upgraded your PC from an earlier version of Windows, each of your libraries will include a Public folder by default.
    • To be able to search in libraries, the Windows Search service needs to be set to be Running and Automatic.
    • Libraries require it's included folders to also be added to the index to be able to search them even though they will still open properly.

    This tutorial will show you how to include a folder to a library for your account in Windows 10.


    Contents

    • Option One: To Include Folder or Drive to Library using Manage Library Tools
    • Option Two: To Include Folder to Library using Library Properties
    • Option Three: To Include Folder to Library using "Include in Library"






    OPTION ONE

    To Include Folder or Drive to Library using Manage Library Tools


    1 In File Explorer (Win+E), select or open a library (ex: Videos) you want to include a folder or drive to.

    2 Click/tap on the Library Tools Manage tab, and click/tap on the Manage library button in the ribbon. (see screenshots below)

    Include Folder or Drive to Library in Windows 10-include_folder_to_library_ribbon-1.png
    Include Folder or Drive to Library in Windows 10-include_folder_to_library_ribbon-1b.png

    3 Click/tap on the Add button. (see screenshot below)

    Include Folder or Drive to Library in Windows 10-include_folder_to_library_ribbon-2.png

    4 Browse to and select a folder or drive that you want to include in this library, and click/tap on the Include folder button. (see screenshot below)

    Include Folder or Drive to Library in Windows 10-include_folder_to_library_browse.png

    4 When finished, click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Include Folder or Drive to Library in Windows 10-include_folder_to_library_ribbon-4.png






    OPTION TWO

    To Include Folder or Drive to Library using Library Properties


    1 In File Explorer (Win+E), right click or press and hold on a library (ex: Videos) you want to include a folder or drive to, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

    Include Folder or Drive to Library in Windows 10-include_folder_to_library_properties-1.png

    2 Click/tap on the Add button. (see screenshot below)

    Include Folder or Drive to Library in Windows 10-include_folder_to_library_properties-2.png

    3 Browse to and select a folder or drive that you want to include in this library, and click/tap on the Include folder button. (see screenshot below)

    Include Folder or Drive to Library in Windows 10-include_folder_to_library_browse.png

    4 When finished, click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Include Folder or Drive to Library in Windows 10-include_folder_to_library_properties-4.png






    OPTION THREE

    To Include Folder or Drive to Library using "Include in Library"


    1 Do step 2 or step 3 below for how you want to use Include in library.

    2 In File Explorer (Win+E), right click or press and hold on a folder or drive that you want to include in a library, click/tap on Include in library, and click/tap on the library (ex: Videos) you want to include it to. (see screenshot below)

    Include Folder or Drive to Library in Windows 10-include_in_library-1.png

    3 In File Explorer (Win+E), select a folder or drive that you want to include in a library, click/tap on the Home tab, click/tap on Easy access in the ribbon, click/tap on Include in library, and click/tap on the library (ex: Videos) you want to include it to. (see screenshot below)

    Include Folder or Drive to Library in Windows 10-include_in_library-2.png


    That's it,
    Shawn






  1. Posts : 19
    Windows 10
       #1

    Network server is indexed ... but not according to Windows10


    See the attachments.

    My 'IT' guy assures me that our Windows 2008 server (F: drive) is indexed on the server itself. In Capture112 when you right click on F: drive from my pc you see "Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties," and it's checked.

    Include Folder or Drive to Library in Windows 10-capture112.png

    In Capture111 you see that my Win10 computer does not agree that the server is indexed. But it is.

    Include Folder or Drive to Library in Windows 10-capture111.png

    In Capture113 you see that I've already tried, or attempted to try, the elevated command prompt mklink /d c:\share\music method to include the entire F: drive. But, Capture 114 shows the "Include in library" does not show on this library. Doesn't show on F: drive directly, either.

    Include Folder or Drive to Library in Windows 10-capture113.png

    Include Folder or Drive to Library in Windows 10-capture114.png

    But, somehow, in Windows 8.1 I had created the libraries that I have, and they include folders on the F: drive.

    Co-workers have their own folders on the F: drive. I work on various folders of theirs and including those folders in libraries has proven to be an efficient method.

    This is patently ridiculous: Windows made the server and client software, but they can't work together on a simple library.

    I'm willing to listen to a work-around, but I'm the stubborn type who'll spend inordinate amounts of time forcing Windows to work like it should, not like it does.

    Thanks.
      My Computer


 

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