Use the Windows 7 search and Windows 7 libraries features to find files on your computer. This free lesson teaches you how.
At this point, you are likely ready to start organizing and accessing your files and content. Windows 7 has developed search and libraries to make it easier to find, maneuver, and customize your files.
In this lesson, we will show you how to access your content through Search and Libraries. In addition, we will highlight the features that offer customization and convenience, including tagging, search filters, and creating libraries.
Most users access their files through My Documents, the C drive, or from other locations like a server or backup drive. You are likely accustomed to sorting through tiered stacks of folders to get to your content. This process can be time consuming, especially if you cannot remember where an item is filed. Microsoft wanted to make finding your files easier, so it developed Libraries.
Libraries are collections of your stored content that can be easily accessed through the Desktop Search function. Libraries do not replace your folders; they simply house them in a single collection. When files are placed in a Library, their properties are indexed by the Search function. This indexing makes accessing files in Search quick and easy.
Learn more about Search and Libraries in this video.
There are four default Libraries in Windows 7: Documents, Pictures, Music, and Videos. Later in this lesson, we will also show you how to create Libraries of your own.