Scripting Windows 7 Libraries

Recently I had to create a script to work with Libraries in Windows 7. Searching thru the Windows SDK, I found that this functionality was given in shell32.dll. I started to think p/invoke, but luckily someone had already created a .NET library to do this. So, using those .NET libraries made it all simpler.

This time I will try to manage the script through codeplex, and I have created a project and uploaded the script to

Release Notes

Short install guide:
(Extract to one of your folders given in $ENV:PSModulePath to simplify usage.)
Steps to install to your Modules folder:
Extract content from zip file to
If you don`t have the Modules folder in your WindowsPowershell folder, just create it.
From inside your Powershell session type the following command:
Import-Module Windows7Library

If this fails, please check that you allow scripts to run. If you demand Signed scripts, this script is not signed.
Also note that you might have to Unblock the file (as the file is downloaded from the Internet).
This should be done on the file Windows7Library.psm1 that you just extracted. (Right-Click the file, Properties and Unblock)
The commands inside the module is:

How to use?


To see all the knownfolders:
Get-KnownFolder -list
To get the path to the Documents Library
(Get-KnownFolder "DocumentsLibrary").Path


To read the Documents Library object:
$library=Get-Library (Get-KnownFolder "DocumentsLibrary").Path
Your could now play with the Library object:
$library | get-member


Returns a list of the defined library folders
Get-LibraryFolder (Get-KnownFolder "DocumentsLibrary").Path


Adds an path to the library
Add-LibraryFolder -LibraryPath(Get-KnownFolder "DocumentsLibrary").Path "\\server\share\folder"


Removes an defined library folder
Remove-LibraryFolder -LibraryPath (Get-KnownFolder "DocumentsLibrary").Path "\\server\share\folder"


Set-LibraryFolder lets you define the default save folder for the library (note that the folder must be included in the library)
Set-LibraryFolder -LibraryPath (Get-KnownFolder "DocumentsLibrary").Path -DefaultSaveFolder "c:\docs"


With Add-Library you could create your own Libraries
Add-Library -Name "My Own Library" -Path "c:\users\user\Documents\"
(note that path here is where to store the library file (library-ms)

Have fun with this, and please, let me know of any improvments :)


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