How to Bring Libraries Back on Windows 8.1 and 10’s File Explorer

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Microsoft started hiding libraries from the File Explorer’s navigation pane on Windows 8.1, and they’re nonetheless hidden by default on Windows 10. That is bizarre, as a result of libraries are nonetheless utilized by Windows. The Images app makes use of your Footage library, the Groove Music app makes use of your Music library, and the media sharing server shares the contents of your media libraries, for instance.

To unhide your libraries, open a File Explorer window. Should you don’t have a File Explorer window open, you may rapidly open one by urgent Windows+E.

Proper-click an empty house within the left pane and choose “Present libraries”.

The libraries will seem within the left pane, precisely the place they have been on Windows 7.

Now you can use libraries precisely like you may on Windows 7. Proper-click a library and choose “Properties” to handle the underlying folders included within the library view.

That’s it! The libraries may even seem within the Save As and Open dialogs if you present them right here. Should you ever need to disguise them, simply right-click within the left pane as soon as once more and uncheck “Present libraries”.

Chris Hoffman is a expertise author and all-around pc geek. He is as at residence utilizing the Linux terminal as he’s digging into the Windows registry.
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