Working with Libraries

Libraries is a new feature in Windows 7 that allows you to bring together folders from different locations into one place.

How to create a new library

  1. Go to Start  and type Libraries and press enter.
  2. Right click on an empty space, select New > Library and type the name.

How to add folders to a library

  1. Go to the folder you want to include to the library.
  2. From the toolbar click Include a library and select the library to include the folder.


  1. Go to Start  and type Libraries and press enter.

  2. By default you have 4 libraries, select the library you want to add a new folder, right-click it and select Properties.

  3. Click Include a folder…, find the folder and click Include folder. You can follow the same steps to add a network folder, but remember that the network folder needs to be indexed in the computer you are trying add it from, to be included correctly.

To set a default location where the items will be saved in a library, select one of the library location and click Set save location. Libraries can be optimized by the content that they have such as General items, Documents, Pictures, Music or Video. To change the content type go to Optimize this library for:, and choose the content type.

  1. Click Apply and OK.

How to add folders to Windows index

Windows uses indexing to gather records of common files in your computer to speed up search, by default not all the folders are included for indexing — which is good because indexing can slow down your computer –. In the case you need to add manually folders to the index, do the following:

  1. Go to Start  and type Indexing Options and press enter.
  2. Click Modify, in the Change selected locations section browse for the folder and choose the folder(s). You can also add external hard drive to the Indexed Locations.
  3. Click OK and then Close.

How to add additional clocks

If you travel often or if you watch sports in a different time zone, adding more clocks in Windows 7 is going to come in handy:

  1. Go to Start  and type Date and Time and press enter.
  2. In the Additional Clocks tab, you have the option to add 2 additional clocks, enable the ones you need, name them, click Apply and OK.

How to customize Windows Taskbar

Go to Start  and type Taskbar and Start Menu and press enter. When are finished click Apply and OK.

Switching back to the old Windows taskbar style: In Taskbar buttons: -select Combine when taskbar is full or Never combine.

Combine when taskbar is full

Never combine

Repositioning Windows 7 taskbar: In Taskbar location on screen: –choose the position you want. Disable Aero Peek: Under Preview desktop with Aero Peek, uncheck Use Aero Peek to preview the desktop.

Setting the number of items in a Jump List:

  1. Navigate to the Start Menu tab and click Customize… — in this section you can customize how menus, links, and icons look and act on the start menu, but now we are focusing on Jump Lists –.
  2. Choose the number of recent items to display in Jump List in the Start menu size section.
  3. Click OK, Apply, and OK to finish.

To gain access to a Jump List, you need to right-click on a taskbar icon or you can also gain access by pressing and holding left mouse button and dragging upwards.

How to pin a program to the Windows 7 Taskbar

Pinning allows you to keep closer programs that you use everyday. To pin a program you can just drag the icon and place it on the taskbar.

If the program is running, you can right-click the icon and select Pin this program to taskbar.

Or right-click the application’s icon and select Pin to taskbar.

How to customize notification icons and turn system icons on or off

The notification area is located to the right side of the Taskbar, there you will find system elements (Clock, Volume, Network, Power, Action Center) and program icons (email, chat, Windows updates, etc.) that keep you informed with status and notification. Windows 7 provides you the ability to customize the behaviors of these elements — the ones from Windows and from other programs –, as well as removing system icons.

  1. Go to Start  and type Customize icons on the Taskbar and press enter.
  2. You have 3 options for each notification icon: Show icon and notification, Hide icon and notification, and Only show notification. Customize each icon the way you need and click OK to finish.

Next, removing or turning on or off system icons

You can also rearrange the position of these icons in the notification area by dragging and placing them in the order you wish, in the tray or outside.

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