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Mac folder shortcuts

In a Mac Finder window, users can create a shortcut to a folder by dragging it from its actual location in the hierarchy and dropping it in the list of Favorites on the left. As the folder is dragged between the folder names, a horizontal line appears to indicate an insertion point if dropped. This is the equivalent of the Libraries shortcuts in Windows. See Windows Libraries.




Mac Folder Shortcuts
The PH, Android, PHOTOS and w folders were dragged from their locations in the hierarchy and dropped under the Favorites section. Items in Favorites can be deleted or rearranged, if desired.






Windows Libraries

A folder shortcut feature starting in Windows 7. Libraries show up in Explorer and application Open/Save dialogs along with all the other folders. The default Libraries point to the Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos folders, and users can create and name their own. Although a Library is only a shortcut to a folder, a subfolder can be created within a Library, and Windows creates it physically in the real folder. In Mac computers, there is a counterpart to Windows Libraries (see Mac folder shortcuts).

Later Hidden
Starting with Windows 8, Libraries default to not showing. To enable Libraries, in Explorer, select View/Navigation Pane/Show libraries.

Optimize by Content Type
For fast searching, Libraries can be optimized based on type of content. To configure this, right click the Library name and select Properties/Optimize this library for: and choose a category. See Windows, Windows 7 and Windows 8.






Standard Libraries
Four standard Libraries point to the Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos folders in the computer.






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