What happened to Virtual folders?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by Black Baptist, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. I'm using Vista ultimate and was wondering where virtual folders went? Did
    it get dropped in the final?
     
    Black Baptist, Nov 25, 2007
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  2. Black Baptist

    dzomlija Guest

    No. Virtual Folders are still there. In Windows XP, the most often used
    "Virtual Folder" was "My Documents".

    In Vista, the "Documents", "Pictures" and "Music" icons are all virtual
    folders, as are "Contacts", "Desktop", "Favourites", "Links", "Saved
    Games", "Searches" and "Videos".

    With the enhanced media capabilities of Vista, it odd that the "Videos"
    icon does no appear on the start menu or as a filter option in searches.
    Maybe that will be fixed in SP1?


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    dzomlija, Nov 25, 2007
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    Jimmy Brush Guest

    Hello,

    If you are referring to search folders, they are still there too. The most
    obvious one is "Recently Changed" under favorite links on the left in the
    save as dialog box.

    To make a search folder:

    - Click start
    - click search
    - Specify the parameters of the search and then run the search
    - In the blue-green toolbar, you have the option to Save Search. This will
    create a search folder.
     
    Jimmy Brush, Nov 25, 2007
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    Paul Knudsen Guest

    OK, I'll bite. What's the difference between Virtual Folders and REAL
    Folders?
     
    Paul Knudsen, Nov 26, 2007
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    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Paul.

    Virtual Folders don't actually hold any files. They just hold pointers to
    the files in the Real Folders.

    For example, you might have a photo in a file named Baby.jpg in a folder
    called Photos on Drive D:. The actual pathname would be D:\Photos\Baby.jpg.
    But if Vista recognizes that as a picture file, it might also put an entry
    in C:\Users\Paul\Pictures. It wouldn't actually make a second copy of
    Baby.jpg and put it on Drive C:; it would just put an entry in your Pictures
    folder pointing to the picture on Drive D:. In this example, D:\Photos is
    the real folder; Pictures is the virtual folder.

    I'm no expert on Virtual Folders, but this is my simplified understanding of
    the way it works.

    RC
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    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

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    (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64)
     
    R. C. White, Nov 26, 2007
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  6. Black Baptist

    dzomlija Guest

    While I have no desire to confuse the issue, that's not entirely
    accurate, R.C.

    Virtual Folders are in their simplest form, are nothing more than
    shortcuts to any given folder, although even calling them a shortcut
    isn't fully describing what they are.

    In the case of the "Pictures" Virtual Folder, it's default location is
    indeed "C:\Users\-_<UserName>_-\Pictures". If there are photos in
    "D:\Photos", they will only show up in the Pictures virtual folder if
    its location has been changed to "D:\Photos".

    One of the advantages of a virtual folder is to help the system help
    you keep your stuff organized. For example, I've redirected my own
    "Pictures" to point to "E:\Pictures", as opposed to the default of
    "C:\Users\Peter Dzomlija\Pictures". If I right-click a picture in
    Internet Explorer and choose save as, the Save dialog is automatically
    opened to "E:\Pictures" so that a picture can be saved there. I can
    choose to save the image elsewhere if I want, but thats wher it opens.
    Basically, virtual folders provides for a pointer to common locations
    for folders.

    It is, of course, entirely up to the application developer whether they
    want to make use of this facility instead of maintaining their own list
    of common file locations.


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    dzomlija

    ____________________________________
    Peter Alexander Dzomlija
    Do you hear, huh? The Alpha and The Omega? Death and Rebirth? -And as
    you die, so shall I be Reborn-...

    - ASUS A8N32-SLI-Deluxe
    - AMD Atlon 64 Dual-Core 4800+
    - 4GB DDR400
    - ASUS nVidia 6600
    - Thermaltake Tai-Chi Watercooled Chassis
    - 1207GB Total Formatted Storage
    - Vista Ultimate x64
    - CodeGear Delphi 2007'http://dzomlija.spaces.live.com/' (http://dzomlija.spaces.live.com/)
     
    dzomlija, Nov 26, 2007
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  7. Black Baptist

    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Peter.

    Thanks for the correction and clarification.

    RC
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    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64)
     
    R. C. White, Nov 26, 2007
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  8. Thank you I found an app called HardlinkShellExt.exe that does what I'm
    looking for.
     
    Black Baptist, Nov 26, 2007
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    Paul Knudsen Guest

    Interesting. Thanks for the reply.
     
    Paul Knudsen, Nov 26, 2007
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