This post shows students and new users the steps to show or hide the Libraries folder when using Windows 11. The Libraries folder is hidden in Windows 11 by default. The libraries folder allows users to include files and folders stored on the local computer or remote storage location so that users can browse them in one place.

Instead of searching for files and folders in thousands of locations, you can add content from multiple storage locations into a single folder so that you have one place to search.

When you include a file or folder in the libraries folder, you do not physically move or change the storage location of the file or folder, it simply gives you quick access to content from one unified location.

These folders are automatically added to the libraries folder: Camera roll, Documents, Music, Images, Saved Images, and Videos. The libraries folder is located at % AppData% Microsoft Windows Libraries file.

The new Windows 11 comes with many new features and a new desktop for the user, including a centered start menu and taskbar, rounded corner windows, themes and colors that will make any Windows look and feel modern.

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To start showing or hiding the libraries folder in File Explorer, follow the steps below.

How to show the Libraries folder in Windows 11

If you previously used the Libraries folder in earlier versions of Windows and want to recover it in Windows 11, please follow the steps below.

Open File Explorer, then click the ellipse (three dots) in the taskbar menu, then click Options as highlighted below ‘

In the Folder Options windows, click the View tab, then under Advanced Settings, check the box next to “Show Libraries”As highlighted below.

Now him Libraries The folder should appear in the navigation menu in File Explorer as shown below.

How to hide the libraries folder in Windows 11

If you change your mind about displaying the Libraries folder in File Explorer, you can simply turn it off. To do that, reverse the steps above by going to File Explorer and clicking the ellipse in the taskbar menu, then selecting Options.

On the View tab, under Advanced Settings, uncheck “Show Libraries” as shown below.

How to add files or folders to libraries in Windows 11

Now that the Libraries folder is enabled, you can add or remove files and folders from Libraries.

To add, right click on the folder you want to add to Libraries and select “Show more options”Which is displayed in the context menu.

In the context menu for more options, click Include in library and select the folder to include or create a new one.

You should do that!


In this tutorial we have seen how to show or hide the Libraries folder in File Explorer. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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