Tips – How To Change My Documents Default Location

In a computer, My Documents folder is very important, which you can store your documents, graphics, and other personal files.

By default, the target or actual location of My Documents folder is C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents, where C:\ is the drive in which Windows is installed, and username is the currently logged-on user.

It’s more benefit if you change the default location of My Documents on your machine. Below are the reason why we need to change the default location of My Documents:

  • The default location of My Documents is same with the Windows loaded. If you dont have proper backup, if your Windows suddenly crash, the possibilty to get back your data is low. But if you change the default location of My Documents (let say change to D:\ drive), the possibility to get back you data is very high.
  • You can reduce your Hard Disk space usage on C:\ drive. Lets the C:\ drive run the Windows independently.

Use the following step to change the default location of the My Documents folder:

1. Click Start, and then point to My Documents.
2. Right-click My Documents, and then click Properties. Go to Target tab.
3. Click on the “Move” button and browse to a location on your other partition/ hard disk.
4. If you not create yet the folder, you can use “Make New Folder” button to create it.
5. Click OK. Windows will ask if you want to move the current files in your “old” My Documents folder to the new location. Select “Yes”.
6. You might get additional dialogs about moving read-only files or system files.

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Use the following step to restore the My Documents folder to its default location,

1. Click Start, and then point to My Documents.
2. Right-click My Documents, and then click Properties.
3. Click Restore Default, and then click OK.
4. In the Move Documents box, click “Yes” to move your documents to the new location, or click “No” to leave your documents in the original location.

That’s all. I’ve done it!

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2 thoughts on “Tips – How To Change My Documents Default Location

  1. Thanks for sharing… i just wondering on how to copy the profile from administrator account in XP into another account? because from my reading, if we been using the default admin account, the possibility for the OS to get infected by those virus is high… no ? thanks.. 😉

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