Libraries ~ Can I exclude Files and Folders

  wee eddie 16:31 PM 01 May 13

I don't like Libraries, mainly because they allow any passing geek, immediate to access every File and Folder that I have.

Look in Documents Library and you get all my Spread Sheets, Accounts etc, also the draft of my Autobiography and other ephemera that I would prefer to keep to myself.

In the Pictures Library, there are the Holiday snaps that anyone can view and all my Curling rubbish, but also my Rock memorabilia that I would like to keep for the aforesaid Autobiography.

Is there an easy way that I can deny, Libraries, Access to selected Files and Folders?

  mgmcc 08:40 AM 02 May 13

I don't use "Libraries" at all in either Windows 7 or 8. I have a folder called "My Data" in D drive (a separate partition) in Windows 7 and in C drive in Windows 8. All of my files go into sub-folders within My Data and nothing goes into Windows' default (Libraries) folders.

  wee eddie 12:48 PM 02 May 13

mgmcc: Unfortunately everything you file appears to go into Libraries. Just open one up and there they are, whether you wish it or no.

  lotvic 15:06 PM 02 May 13

Here's a registry hack you can use if you don't like/want Libraries

  wee eddie 16:38 PM 02 May 13

Thanks Lotvic: I have been considering that route and your posting has given me an additional way of going about it.

Maybe it is the right solution for me, but I'm still looking to see if I can just, completely hide a couple of Folders - with no reference to them in the Libraries Folder,

  rdave13 17:29 PM 02 May 13

I'm the same as mgmcc. Have my own folders for docs, music etc, don't use the Windows' default folders. Nothing showing in libraries. I can add my own folder to a library if I wish, or remove it in the particular library folder, via properties.

  difarn 21:53 PM 02 May 13

wee eddie

If all you are worried about is that others can access your PC when you are not there can't you just send the PC to sleep so that it requires a password on waking?

  wee eddie 12:38 PM 03 May 13

difarn: I have no trouble with anyone else using my PC, I would just prefer it that they don't have certain papers immediately available to them.

I don't have any need for a Secure Vault of any kind, they're not that critical, I just don't want all my linen to be immediately available to anyone opening the Library. If someone wants to find anything on my PC, all they really need is an understanding of a normal filing trail, or do a Search.

  difarn 13:47 PM 03 May 13

wee eddie

Don't you have a separate User Account for someone else using your PC?

  wee eddie 14:25 PM 03 May 13

difarn: I'm the only one that lives here regularly, although visitors frequently use the PC for emails and suchlike.

I think that FE added a certain item to the PCA Front Page, not necessarily solely for my benefit, but also for the benefit of the many that feel the same way as I do.

One of the things about starting a thread, is that it concentrates the mind, marvellously.

Encapsulation is, I think, going to be my answer, a bit like Russian Dolls. After all, if someone really wants to find something on my PC they don't really have to work that hard.

I've just been looking for sufficient security to stop someone accidentally running across the Files that I feel are personal.

  wee eddie 14:27 PM 03 May 13

Of course, if someone does have an answer, that is more effective, my ears/eyes are always open!


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