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Windows 7: The Complete Guide - Aero & Libraries

Updated on June 16, 2009

Aero sucks more than the entire Dyson factory: However, that was the case under Vista. In Windows 7 even a die hard Aero hater like yours truly can discover the joys of playing around with the windows on the desktop even though it still is only essentially fancy eye candy and nothing that can really be termed a productive feature.

Windows 7 introduces AeroSnap and AeroPeek, both considerable advancements over the garden variety Vista Aero.

AeroSnap does just what it says: it allows you to snap or dock your windows to a side of the screen. When you want to compare two windows side by side or one above the other in previous operating systems you have to manually resize each window to fit. AeroSnap just snaps them where you want them. It's fast and easy and saves you time.

AeroPeek lets you check out or peek at the desktop underneath all your windows. An improvement over the previous Switch between windows button at the bottom left of Vista's desktop is that the outlines of the windows remain visible, allowing you to easily remember what is where and go back to just one window if you wish, rather than just toggling back to the entire mess of windows.

Libraries are a completely new feature which has never been seen in any prior Microsoft operating system, and it's about time. For those people who like to have a few terabytes of images, media, or whatever cluttering up their drives and can never find anything, Libraries are a true godsend.

Let's say that you have a folder full of photos that you've downloaded from your camera. These photos are of your new puppy. Then somewhere else, maybe on another drive, you have a folder chock full of photos of your kitten. Libraries allows you the capability to define those two different areas (or many more... as many as you want) as one single "library" in this case of Pets. All you have to do is go to Libraries > Pictures.


Now you'll see all the images of your Pets, no matter where they are all scattered around your drives and/or your network. Libraries are not just limited to one type of media file at a time. You can mix and match images, videos, music, any kind of file you like. Truly amazing.

Windows 7 also has the capability built right in to stream your Media Library to any other PCs. It can all be found within Windows Media Player’s Remote Media Sharing, and it allows you to stream whatever media you prefer over the network or over the Internet. If you are streaming over the net it will key into the Windows Live ID that you link with your Windows 7 user account by way of a tiny downloadable file. It works beautifully and seamlessly, as long as your computer and the other PCs that you are sharing your library with all have Windows Media Player. Once shared, the library will be visible through the Other Libraries icon right below your own local library on the PC and can be accessed exactly the same way as the standard library.

Read The Entire Windows 7 Complete Guide!

Windows 7: The Complete Guide
Windows 7: The Complete Guide - Getting Started
Windows 7: The Complete Guide - Backup & Restore
Windows 7: The Complete Guide - Security & Privacy
Windows 7: The Complete Guide - Encryption
Windows 7: The Complete Guide - Aero & Libraries
Windows 7: The Complete Guide - HomeGroup
Windows 7: The Complete Guide - Tips & Tricks
Windows 7: The Complete Guide - Turn Off The Junk & Crank Up The Speed

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