A CDE Definition
(1) An index in a computer that points to selected files and folders within that same machine. The Windows 7 Library feature is a virtual folder to the contents on the hard drive (see Windows Libraries). Starting with Windows Vista, the results of a search can be saved as a virtual folder, which is a collection of Shortcuts to the real items.
(2) An index in a computer that points to files and folders on a remote server. For example, an online backup service may let users view their files on the backup servers using the file manager (Explorer, Finder, etc.) in their computers.
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).
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.
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