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Windows 7 comes with plenty of new features.  Notably, Libraries.

In Windows 7, the Libraries are not individual folders by themselves. Each library folder is an aggregate of various different folders and each library view is tailored to specific content.

By default , MS have provided us with four libraries.  Documents, Music, Pictures & Videos.

What if you want to add a custom Library and assign a specific icon to it?

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Step 1.

1a. Open an Explorer window and Right click on Libraries in the left hand pane.  Navigate to New > Library.

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1b. Name your Library.

Skip adding folders to the library for now.


Step 2.

You’ll need to use a 256×256 pixel icon that was made for Windows 7 and Vista for them to display properly at all of the available icon view sizes in Windows 7.

Get free icons here (You’ll need to use .ICO files for this tutorial.)

2a. Firstly, open up Notepad.

2b. In Explorer navigate to;

C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries

2c. Find the new library and drag it into Notepad.

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You’ll now have a bunch of text in Notepad.

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Minimize Notepad for the time being.


2d. Find the icon you want to use.  Hold Shift & Right click the icon and select Copy as path.

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Restore Notepad.

2f. You’ll need to add the line;  <iconReference>PASTE PATH HERE</iconReference>  Directly beneath the <isLibraryPinned></isLibraryPinned> line in Notepad.

Example

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2g. Save the file, exit Notepad and check out your new Library!

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Step 3.

To are several ways to add new folders to your library.

Method 1.

The first is to double click the Library and select Include a folder. (only applies when library is empty)4

Method 2.

Right click on the Library, choose Properties.

Click on Include a folder…

You can optimise the library for; Music, Pictures, Video & Documents. With this method you can also choose whether or not the library is shown in the navigation pane.

Hit Apply > OK when you’ve finished.

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Method 3.

In Explorer navigate to the folder you wish to add to your Library.  Make sure the folder is selected (left click once) & Right click ON the folder. Go to Include in library and choose the library you want the folder to be included in.

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See this article by Thomas on putting Libraries to good use.



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53 thoughts on “Add Custom Libraries To Windows 7 Explorer [How To]”

  1. Bruno Giordano says:

    Thank you very much for this. I was wondering for a while how to change the icons of the libraries I’ve created. Now I’ve created some icons and put them on my libraries. Thanks again.

  2. Anonymous says:

    So, can you please tell us where to find those nice library icons you use in your tutorial? I had a look at your link above and browsed hundreds of icons, but none of them was for libraries….

  3. Anonymous says:

    So, can you please tell us where to find those nice library icons you use in your tutorial? I had a look at your link above and browsed hundreds of icons, but none of them was for libraries….

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