Making a Code Library

Probably not the kind of library you were expecting, but one that I find to be pretty handy.

Windows Libraries

A new feature in the much derided Windows Vista was the ability to group folders of like content into libraries. Vista and Windows 7 come pre-loaded with Documents, Music, Picture, and Video libraries. Today we are going to step through making a Source library.

If you are anything like me and I suspect a number of you are then, you have code scattered all across your hard drive. You could move all that source into one folder under Documents and be done with it. However, there are times when you just cannot move the source. Creating a library is a way of managing the clutter.

Create the library

First, let us press Windows + E to open Explorer. Right-click the Libraries folder. Go to New, then click on ‘Library’.

New library

Let’s name it Source..

The source library

Click on it. As you can see there is not that not much going on yet.

Empty source library

Including your source folders

Now we will go through and add all the source folders from your hard drive.

Right click the Source library and click on ‘Properties’.

Source library properties

Click on ‘Include a folder…’ and start adding all your source folders.

Include a folder

After adding my various code cubbyholes my properties looks like this..

All folders added

Note that by default the first folder added becomes the ‘save location’. This is the folder that files are stored in when the Source Library folder is selected. If you want to change the default select the folder you want to become the save location then, click the ‘Set save location’ button.

Set save folder

Clean house accomplished!

Yay! Everything is all in one place now. Too bad Windows doesn’t detect included folders with the save name and display more of the path.

Source library complete

I hope you found this useful or at least stopped reading before I wasted too much of your time. =p

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About Joey Robichaud

Developer by day, Husband by night ;)
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One Response to Making a Code Library

  1. Patrick Hallisey says:

    I never would have thought to do that. I usually end up filling my favorites list with different code locations…

    Thanks.

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