What are the collections of Windows


The Collections of Windows allow you to view in one window files stored in different locations. All the elements present in the collections of Windows are not actually contained in them, as happens for folders, but remain in their original position.
Suppose we want to create an album of photographs, some saved on the desktop, other present on a second hard disk our computer, other servers in the network yet. To gather all the pictures in one window should open each folder and move all the files in it. Using the collections of Windows, we must not do is create a new collection and tell Windows which folders should be included. In this way the photographs will remain physically positioned in the folders where they were saved but will be displayed all together in one window.
The collections of Windows are available on all computers running Windows 8 / 8.1 and Windows 7.

How to access Windows Collections

Windows 8.1
We press on the computer keyboard keys Windows (is the key with the Windows logo) and E simultaneously.
In the Ribbon (top) we click on View .collections of Windows
We click on the Navigation Pane and show collections .
In the left pane we click on Collections .
Double-click on a collection to display its contents.

Windows 8 | Windows 7
We press on the computer keyboard keys Windows (is the key with the Windows logo) and E simultaneously.
In the left pane we click on Collections .
Double-click on a collection to display its contents.

Collections of Windows defaults are four ( Documents , Pictures , Music , Video ) but we can create new ones for other sets of files.

How to create a new collection of Windows

We press on the computer keyboard keys Windows and E at the same time.
In the left pane, position the mouse pointer on Collections .
We click with the right mouse button and choose New and Collected .
We type a name for the collection that we are creating and press the button Enter on the computer keyboard.
Before you copy, move or save files in the new collection of Windows we have to include a folder in the collection , to make sure that if it has a storage location of the file. This folder will become the default save location for the collection.
We double-click the new collection and we click Include a folder .
We select the folder and do click Include folder .

How to include folders in a collection of Windows

Let’s see how to include a computer folder within a collection of Windows.
We position the mouse pointer over the folder you want to include in the collection.
We click with the right mouse button and choose Include in library .
We can select one of the available collections or choose Create a new collection .

Caution: in a collection of Windows can include up to 50 folders. If we include a folder in a library and then we remove the folder from its original location, the folder is no longer accessible in the collection.

How to include network folders in a collection of Windows

To include a network folder in a collection of Windows we must first add it to the search index. In the event that the folder is already indexed on the device where you will be able to include it directly archive been in the collection.
We press on the computer keyboard keys Windows and E at the same time.
In the left pane we click on Network .
We position the mouse pointer over the folder that we want to include in the collection.
We click with the right mouse button and choose Include in library .
We can select one of the collections available or choose Create a new collection .

Offline mode

If the network folder is not indexed, we can make it available offline. In this way, a copy of all the files in the folder will archviata on the hard drive of your computer.
To make the folder available offline we click with the right mouse button on the folder and choose Always available / i offline . Warning: if you do not we display the command Always available / i offline because it is the edition of Windows that we are using does not support offline files.

How to remove a folder from a Windows Collection

We press on the computer keyboard keys Windows and E at the same time.
In the left pane, click the arrow do the collection of Windows from which we want to remove the folder.
We position the mouse pointer over the folder you want to remove from the collection.
We click the right button mouse and choose Remove path from the collection .

At this point, the folder will not be part of the collection of Windows but will remain archived in its original location. If we eliminate the folders or files from a collection of Windows these are also deleted from their original locations.

How to restore the Windows default Collections

Let’s see how to restore the collections of Windows default (Documents, Pictures, Music, Video) in case they are damaged or are deleted by mistake.
We press on the computer keyboard keys Windows and E at the same time.
In the left pane we click the right mouse of Collections and choose Restore default libraries .

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