How to add or delete folders in a library under Windows 10

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Open File Explorer.
Double-click the Libraries option in the left pane.
Right-click on the library you want to add the folder to and select Properties.
Click the Add button.

Click “Explorer”
In the left pane, click Libraries.
Right-click each library (Documents, Pictures, Music, and Videos), then tap or click Delete.
In the left pane, right-click (or press and hold) Libraries, then select Restore Default Libraries.

A library is a type of smart folder that presents files from different folders as if they were all stored in one place. In fact, each file remains in the folder where it was saved, but the library gives you an easy way to access them.


To improve users’ work experience, Windows 10 allows users to view and access folders from different locations in the Windows library from a single location. For example, if you store audio/video content on an external hard drive or shared folder on your network, you can place it in one of the default folders in the Windows 10 Library. In this post, we will learn how to add a folder to the Windows 10 library

Add or remove folders in the Windows library

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The Windows 10 library can be defined as a virtual collection of folders on a system. Virtual, because it does not exist as a real folder. By default, Windows 10 comes with the following libraries :

  1. Camera roll
  2. Documents
  3. Music
  4. Images
  5. Images
  6. Saved images
  7. Videos.

Libraries are also attached to the navigation area. If you want to add more folders to libraries, follow the steps below. Windows 10 allows you to add up to 50 slots to a library.

Read: Which folders can be added to the Windows library?

First method

Open the Libraries folder with the File Explorer. Then right-click a library and choose Properties from the context menu. If Libraries is not visible in File Explorer, press Win + R and type shell:Libraries in the Run field and press Enter.

In properties, click the Add button Add to the right to navigate to a location and add it to the library.

In the following dialog box, locate a folder and select the Add Folder button you want to add to the library.

Second method

Similarly, you can add a folder to a library via the Library dialog dialog, which is easily accessible via the Ribbon menu.

  • Select the desired library from the Libraries folder.
  • In the Ribbon menu, navigate to the Manage tab visible under Library Tools
  • Then click the Manage Library button on the left side.
  • In the following dialog box, add the desired folders using the buttons next to the folder list.

Third method

Then there is another easy way. Open the File Explorer and navigate to the location containing the folder you want to add to the library. Right-click and select Add to Library > Create New Library.

Open the Libraries folder and you will see it there.

To delete a library folder, right-click the library folder and select Delete.

Hope this helps!

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