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Include "Virtual Folders" in Explorer

Submitted by hoopla_punta on November 3, 2008 to Usability

Suggestion, something similar to libraries.
Virtual Folders = Really Simple Shorcutting = Your own library for your own usage

In Vista you get this thing called Search Folders, where it will give you items based on your search. Take out the search bit and you get Virtual Folders.

Virtual Folders lets you put in Apps, Folders and Files, which actually links to them, so you would not have to go here and there to get them. (just like a library, but more user created.)

This is useful for like projects, or putting your favourite apps into one folder, as you can save space by not copying duplicates.

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Discussion (7 comments)

adondai wrote on November 3, 2008, 8:25am

It is in Windows 7 explorer and called libraries...

hoopla_punta wrote on November 3, 2008, 9:13am

Well a library for your own personal usage then, not just for documents or pictures.

hoopla_punta wrote on November 3, 2008, 9:14am

Changed problem description.

jonathanmarston wrote on November 3, 2008, 3:22pm

I thought I read somewhere that you can already create custom libraries in 7

mdta wrote on November 3, 2008, 6:55pm

Applications should also be able to create libraries from a default save location you specify, I am thinking of apps like Visual Studio, Expression Web, etc, all which just dump their folders in the USER>DOCUMENTS folder with no way to change it in the app. If it links to a library, then you can change the default folder from the Windows 7 dialog, and the app will be aware. A way for this to work retroactively in vista would be good for app developers.

Paralityk wrote on November 4, 2008, 2:11pm

Yea for (very probably) example you could create "Download" Library with all .exe files from specific locations ;)

Thunderbuck wrote on February 25, 2009, 12:50am

Yeah, I think Libraries covers this.

I'm still curious why WinFS has never been implemented, because it was supposed to enable features like this with complete transparency for the user. Libraries works, but WinFS would (in theory) provide stronger performance for this feature.

BMN wrote on April 16, 2011, 5:31am

you Can make custom libraries =)
and i think i read something about saved searches? am expecting it works somewhat like the firefox smart bookmarks feature..and name-wise possibly this vista feature of yours? =))

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