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Windows 8 All-in-One For Dummies by Woody Leonhard

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Chapter 3: Working with Libraries

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arrow.png Understanding libraries

arrow.png Customizing and working with libraries

arrow.png Building your own libraries

When you start File Explorer, icons for four libraries appear. That should give you a hint about the central role libraries play in the way Microsoft wants you to think about your data.

A lot of experienced Windows users get confused when they start thinking about libraries. That’s because they have a long-imprinted misconception that data has to be located in one place. Your files are on your C: drive or on a DVD, or you download them from the Internet. You open a file, and if you don’t find what you want, you look in another file in the same folder. If the folder doesn’t have what you want, you go up one level and look again.

All those concepts are locked into the idea that your data has to be located in just one place.

askwoodycom_vista.eps Although your files have to sit somewhere, Windows has introduced a concept that makes it easier to handle collections of files and folders.

Understanding Libraries

You know what a file is, right? (If not, I talk about it in ...

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