Saving files painlessly in Windows 8 – Easier and faster than XP!

Windows 8 + saving files = @&*%$

That used to be my initial reaction…. Until I used the Libraries.

Note that I made the jump strait from Windows XP to Windows 8 and was used to save files easily and faster than most people. Thing is, I couldn’t save stuff the same way I used to in Windows 8… until I figured it out. It’s now easy and as fast. Here’s why and how:

Quick access gone?

When saving files in Windows 8, you’ll notice the big quick access shortcut buttons are gone (My recent Documents, Desktop, My Documents, My Computer, My Network) in the left side of the save prompt. In Windows XP, I used Tweak UI to customize those shortcuts to point strait at my data hard drive’s folders. Life was good… But, now, it’s even better!

XP - Save as...

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[ Windows XP “Save as…“; customized with Tweak UI ]

Instead, in Windows 8 you have Windows Explorer’s tree view (folders listing) on the left. And that’s where the magic happens.

Windows 8 Save Prompt and Libraries

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[Windows 8 Save Prompt with custom Library “My Picture” selected]

Libraries

Libraries are a bit weird, but they’re awesome: simply put, they are pointers/shortcuts that redirects you to specific locations. Using libraries, you can now have a LOT more than just 4 or 5 quick access shortcuts! As of writing, I already use 8 custom Libraries, in addition to the default 4 Windows libraries! :D

Creating a custom Library

Here’s how to create a custom Library: navigate to your Libraries, then right-click -> New -> Library. Name it, then go in its properties (Alt + Enter), choose a location and voilà!

Library Folder View

In case you didn’t already noticed, Libraries all use the same folder view. You might wanna read my previous article on this: Windows 8 folders view – Nasty frakin’ oversight from Microsoft?

In conclusion, using Libraries I can now save files strait to my most used locations without the hassle of clicking down the trees. Combined with Windows’ Recent places in the Favorites section, I usuallydon’t have to browse more than one or two folders when saving stuff.

Enjoy!

Sirus
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