How to Add a Folder to a Library in Windows 7

In Brief...

Libraries allow you to organize your files in one central location, no matter where they are actually located, making it easier to work with them. Windows 7 provides four default libraries called Documents, Music, Pictures, and Video, and you can also create your own. To add a folder to one of the default libraries or to one of your own creation, follow these four easy steps.


  1. Select the folder you want to add to a library and right-click it.

  2. From the menu, select Include in Library.
    Select Include in Library

  3. From the menu, select which library you want to add the folder to.
    List of Libraries

  4. The folder will now be included in the library, as well as still reside in its original location.
    Library Example

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