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I just reformat my laptop (OS: Windows 7 pro) and I lost all the songs, albums, and playlist listed on iTunes. I do have all the songs backed up in my external hard drive, now my problem is how can I add songs back to the iTunes by folder? Before in the previous versions of iTunes, it used to have a option to "add folder to library" or something like that. Now there is no option like that, and all I can see now is "add file to library". If I use this method, it will take up so much time to do it.


help please


thank you!

iTunes (latest version), Windows 7
Solved by turingtest2 on Aug 23, 2013 11:00 AM Solved

The main differences between iTunes 11 and earlier versions are the loss of coverflow and ability to have multiple windows open.


In Windows, you can restore much of the look & feel of iTunes 10.7 with these shortcuts:

  • ALT to temporarily display the menu bar
  • CTRL+B to show or hide the menu bar
  • CTRL+S to show or hide the sidebar
  • CTRL+/ to show or hide the status bar (won't hide for me on Win XP)
  • Click the magnifying glass top right and untick Search Entire Library to restore the old search behaviour
  • Use View > Hide <Media Kind> in the cloud or Edit > Preferences > Store and untick Show iTunes in the cloud purchases to hide the cloud items. The second method eliminates the cloud status column (and may let iTunes start up more quickly)
  • If you don't like having different coloured background & text in the Album (Grid) view use Edit > Preferences > General and untick Use custom colours for open albums, movies, etc.
  • With iTunes 11.0.3 and later you can enable artwork in the Songs view from View > Show View Options (CTRL+J) making it more like the old Album List view
  • View > Show View Options (CTRL+J) also contains options to change the sorting of grid based views



The two entries in red will give you access to File > Add folder to library.



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