Moving to a new computer, I find myself perplexed at folder and library behavior, specifically, the difference that should exist between the My Documents folder and the Documents library.
I find that if I add a file or folder to the My Documents folder, it automatically shows up also in the Documents library. However, when I delete it from the library, it also disappears from the My Documents folder. I have tried deleting (which sends it to the Recycle Bin) and dragging to the desktop. In the case of the folder example, removing the folder from the locations from which the library gathers, leaves the folder in the Library anyway.
My understanding is that a file or folder can be added to a library, but when deleted from the library, it should remain in its actual location. The libraries are, in effect, places where links or shortcuts to actual documents and folders, and only these, may be placed. Unfortunately the inaccuracy of this came to me the hard way, as I deleted video files that were too large for the recycle bin. Despite a file retriever application, I could not retrieve them. (Fortunately, I have the original footage on tape, but the editing is now lost.)
In order ot simply my file structure, I have been moving most of my pictures out of the My Documents folder to the Pictures library. Is there some other folder where they actually reside?
What am I missing here, please?