Basics of the Documents Library Window in Windows 8 - dummies

Basics of the Documents Library Window in Windows 8

By Andy Rathbone

You might recognize the window shown in the following figure as your Windows 8 Documents library, that storage tank for most of your work. Learning to navigate the Document library window will enable you to find your way around any typical window in Windows 8.


  • Windows XP veterans remember their My Documents folder: that stash for all their files. Windows Vista dropped the word My to create the Documents folder; Windows 7 and Windows 8 put the word My back in place. (No matter what it’s called, you’re still supposed to stash your files inside it.)

  • In a break from the past, Windows 8 places a thick, control-filled panel called the Ribbon to the top of your folders. Some people like the Ribbon’s larger buttons and menus; others preferred the older menu system. But like it or not, the Ribbon is here to stay.

  • Windows 8 places your My Documents folder inside your Documents library — a type of super folder. The Documents library displays both your My Documents folder and the Public Documents folder. (Everybody who uses your PC sees the same Public Documents folder, making it a handy folder for sharing files.)

  • Windows 8 is full of little oddly shaped buttons, borders, and boxes. You don’t need to remember all their names, although that would give you a leg up on figuring out the scholarly Windows Help menus.

  • You can deal with most things in Windows by clicking, double-clicking, or right-clicking. Hint: When in doubt, always right-click.

  • After you click a few windows a few times, you realize how easy it is to boss them around. The hard part is finding the right controls for the first time, like figuring out the dashboard on that rental car.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.