Written by Barry Dysert (last updated October 5, 2020)
Libraries are a great feature of Windows. They collect in one place files and folders that may be scattered among several disks and several folders. The libraries don't actually contain the files, so if you delete a library your files are still in place.
By default, Windows includes four built-in libraries:
These libraries are maintained by Windows in system files located at the following path. (Replace the username placeholder with the username of the person whose libraries you want to get rid of.)
It is possible to delete these built-in libraries (how to do so is covered in another Tip). Don't worry though—if you later wish you had your built-in libraries back, just follow these steps:
When they are restored, they even still contain the pointers to the files and folders that they had before the library was deleted.
This tip (12746) applies to Windows 7 and 10.
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