How To Include a Folder From Your Computer in a Library

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To include a folder from your computer in a library

Click the Start button , and then click your user name.

Right-click the folder that you want to include, point to Include in library, and then click a library.

To include a folder from an external hard drive in a library
Make sure the external hard drive is connected to your computer and that your computer recognizes the device. (For more information, see Install, view, and manage your devices.)

In the taskbar, click the Windows Explorer button .

In the navigation pane (the left pane), click Computer, and then navigate to the folder on your external hard drive that you want to include.

Right-click the folder, point to Include in library, and then click a library.

Note
Folders from removable media devices (such as CDs and DVDs) and some USB flash drives can’t be included in a library.

To include a network folder in a library

A network folder must be added to the index or made available offline before it can be included in a library. To learn how to make a network folder available offline, see Libraries: frequently asked questions.

In the taskbar, click the Windows Explorer button .

Do one of the following:

In the navigation pane (the left pane), click Network, and then navigate to the folder on your network that you want to include.

Click the icon on the left side of the address bar, type the path of the network, press Enter, and then navigate to the folder that you want to include.

Right-click the folder, point to Include in library, and then click a library.

Note
If you don’t see the Include in library option, it means that the network folder is not indexed or is not available offline.

To remove a folder from a library
When you no longer need to monitor a folder in a library, you can remove it. When you remove a folder from a library, the folder and its contents are not deleted from their original location.

In the taskbar, click the Windows Explorer button .

In the navigation pane (the left pane), click the library that you want to remove folders from.

In the library pane (above the file list), next to Includes, click Locations.

In the dialog box that appears, click the folder you want to remove, click Remove, and then click OK.

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