Deleting a Library

by Barry Dysert
(last updated February 9, 2015)

3

Over the course of time, you may find that you're no longer using a library – perhaps you're just content to navigate directly to the folder or you place the folder in your Favorites. You can delete the library quite simply. It's important to note that deleting the library does not delete the folders or files that the library contains. Since a library is essentially a container that points to the original files, deleting the library removes this container but leaves the original files and folders in their existing location. A list of available libraries is shown in the following figure. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Available libraries.

If you want to delete a library, say the Spreadsheets library, it's a simple matter of right-clicking the Spreadsheets library in the left pane and clicking Delete from the Context menu. The library is deleted, but the folders and files to which it pointed still remain intact.

You will be prompted with a confirmation message asking if you're sure you want to delete the library. Clicking "Yes" will cause the library to be deleted; clicking "No" will leave the library intact.

Remember that deleting a library does not delete the files and folders contained within the library. This is because libraries are simply symbolic collections of files and folders.

 This tip (11991) applies to Windows 7.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...

MORE FROM BARRY

Pinning a File to the Taskbar

In an effort to make your computer use more efficient you can pin non-executable files to the taskbar for easy access. ...

Discover More

Creating a CD/DVD Archive

CDs and DVDs are good for creating archives of files you want to keep over the long term. They are a great way to back up ...

Discover More

Using Process Monitor

A very useful tool in diagnosing what is going on with processes and/or files is the Process Monitor tool from ...

Discover More
More WindowsTips

Restoring the Built-in Windows Libraries

Windows comes with four built-in libraries. You may accidentally (or on purpose) delete one or more of them. This tip ...

Discover More

Enabling Libraries in File Explorer

Windows 7 introduced us to libraries, but they're turned off in Windows 10. Here's how to get them back.

Discover More

Moving the Pictures Library

The Pictures folder is one of several system libraries created in Windows by default. This library is specifically ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 5 - 2?

2015-02-10 11:28:28

Barry

MWilson,

I think libraries are cool because you can have them point to multiple places. So instead of having a shortcut for "Project 1 docs", another shortcut for "Project 2 docs", etc., you can put all your separate project folders in one "Projects" library and it will likely be easier to navigate to the one you want (not to mention the freeing up of real estate). There are probably other advantages, too, but I'm in a hurry right now...


2015-02-09 22:54:34

MWilson

I'm trying to understand the advantages of using Libraries.

What does a library do for me that folder shortcuts won't or can't do?


2015-02-09 11:11:18

Dr_Tek

Yeah!!! Trying to figure out what Libraries is/does has been a major source of confusion for my parents, and dealing with not going directly to a source folder has been a point of contention for me.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.