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How To Change The Default My Documents Path

Would you like to store all your document files elsewhere instead of the Microsoft default of C:\My Documents or C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\My Documents? You might want to keep them on a different drive, or in a different folder, such as C:\My Stuff etc. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to change the default path of the My Documents folder and store your document files elsewhere.

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Changing The Default My Documents Path

  1. Begin by minimizing any programs that you have open until you can see your full Desktop.
  2. Then right click on the My Documents icon on your desktop and click on Properties.
  3. Now type in the drive and path to your new location in the Target folder location box.
  4. An example would be D:/My Stuff or C:/Work Files etc.
  5. Then click on the OK button to save your changes and apply your new documents path.
  6. Windows may prompt you that the folder path does not exist and ask if you would like to create it.
  7. Click on the Yes button to allow Windows to create your new documents path.
  8. Windows will now ask if you would like to move all documents in your old location to the new one.
  9. Click on the Yes button to allow Windows to move all documents to your new folder location.
  10. Any Microsoft applications such as Paint, Works or Office will save their files in your new location.

Note: This Technical Brief Will Work For All Operating Systems Including Windows XP.

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