Windows 7 and Windows 8 both include a very cool feature – the ability to create a multimedia library containing files of specific types. These libraries create a safeguard by not having the actual files in the library itself, but a shortcut if you will.

There’s one drawback however to this organizational feature – when you create a new library you can only store it in the Windows Explorer sidebar menu; not exactly the most convenient place for all of your libraries. What most people do not know that creating libraries on their desktop is super easy. Our guide will explain just how easy it is to create a library folder of your choice on Windows desktop.

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Create a New Text Document on the Desktop

The first step in creating a new Windows library and saving it to the Desktop is going to the Desktop itself. Once you’re there, right-click, and go to “New > Text Document.

In this new document on your Desktop, enter the following code:

“<libraryDescription xmlns=””>



Change the Text Document’s Extension

After you enter the code, save the text document. From its file location on your Desktop, change its extension from “.txt” to “.library-ms” and after you enter the new one, the icon will change, representing a “library icon.”


Adding Folders to the Library

Now that you’ve created a new Windows library and saved it to your Desktop, the next step is adding new folders to it, and this part is quite simple. To do so, double-click the library on the Desktop. When the library opens, click “Include a folder.


After adding new content to your library, this is how it will be organized by default, and it can be modified by clicking the “Folder” drop-down menu in the top right corner of the library.


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For anyone who deals with different kinds of media and wants quick access to it in one singular location, this is a great trick to know. Keep in mind however that it takes a bit of practice getting used to adding code in Windows. It may take a bit of leg work, but the ability to save a new folder directly to the Desktop makes it worth it.

For more information on the complexities of libraries in Windows 7, check out our post – What are Windows 7 Libraries and How to Effectively Use This Feature To Organize Your Files.