Thanks to the following (awesome) blog post: http://blog.ryankempt.com/2012/09/windows-library-add-non-indexed-location.html, today I was able to add/show non-indexed network locations into my Documents Library.
This workaround is especially useful whenever you’re storing, say, your family Pictures on a (Linux-based) NAS that does not support indexing.
For convenience’s sake, I’ll report what’s involved the way “it worked for me“:
- Win+E –> C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries\
- Right-Click on the Library you wish to customise (ie. Pictures).
- Select “Open with…” and open w/your fav txt editor.
- Scroll to EOF and locate the last “</searchConnectorDescription>”.
- Copy the following code:
- Paste the above code BEFORE “</searchConnectorDescriptionList>” AND BELOW/AFTER the last “</searchConnectorDescription>”.
- Update “<url>\\your-file-share\location\folder</url>” with your desired Network Location.
- Save and close, then browse to, say, your Pictures Library (as you normally would).
[BONUS UPDATE]: On Windows 8/8.1, Libraries have been disabled (by default).
To enable/show Libraries on your folders list, proceed as follows:
- Open File Explorer and move your mouse to the vertical/left navigation list (Favorites, This PC, etc.).
- Right Click on a blank spot in that area (ie. on the white empty space between Favorites & This PC).
- Select “Show Libraries” to bring Libraries back.