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Windows 7 - Moving My Documents

Moving the My Documents folder

 There could be many reasons for moving your My Documents folder.  You may want to keep the folder safe by storing it on a seperate drive and free up space on your system drive.  Perhaps you want to have it located in a directory with other personal files so that you can back it up easily.  Whatever the reasons are, it is still a simple proceedure with Windows 7.

 Follow these easy steps to change the location of the My Documents folder and repeat for each User Account.

1)   Click on the Start button and then click on Documents

Click on Start, and then click on Documents

Click on Start, and then click on Documents

Libraries   Documents

Libraries Documents

 2)   In the left panel of the Libraries\Documents window, click on the arrows to expand Libraries>Documents>My Documents (C:\Users\[User Name])

Navigate to Libraries Documents My Documents (C:\Users\[User Name]

Navigate to Libraries Documents My Documents (C:\Users\[User Name]

 3)   Right click on My Documents and then click on Properties in the menu that opens.

Right click on My Documents and then on Properties

Right click on My Documents and then on Properties

4)   In the My Documents Properties window, click on the Location tab

5)   Click on the Move button in the Location tab of the My Documents Properties window

Click on the Location tab and then click on the Move button

Click on the Location tab and then click on the Move button

 6)   Navigate in the Select a Destination window to the location where you would like the My Documents folder located

Navigate to the new location

Navigate to the new location

 7)   Create a new folder.  Name it whatever you would like.

Create a new folder and name it

Create a new folder and name it

 8)   Click on the Select Folder button and then click on the OK button in the My Documents Properties window.

9)   click on the Yes button in the Move Folder warning window that pops up, since the objective is to move the My Documents folder.

Click on the Yes button in the window that pops up

Click on the Yes button in the window that pops up

10) It may take some time to move the contents of the My Documents folder, so be patient...

11) When it has finished moving the contenets of the My Documents folder, you can close the Libraries > Documents window

You are done!


Other Windows 7 Hubs

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Saurabh Gupta on January 08, 2014:

Thanks...it worked for me...

sherylnyc on November 28, 2012:

I get to the open properties, but there is no location tab (it has an asus web storage tab instead).

this is a new computer and I really want to move files to better subfolders.

Guest36 on October 26, 2012:

Thank you so mcuh!

Shar on July 27, 2012:

would the same thing work with music files, photos, and videos?

Terry on June 16, 2012:

There's a great guide to installing XP on an old laptop here http://www.microtext.co.uk/Installing-xp-hp-G7000-...

Ameez on May 16, 2012:

What will happen to the files and folders if I did not

click on the Yes button in the Move Folder warning window that pops up?

Robert on February 08, 2012:

I moved the mydocument folder. Worked great, but I need to move it again and the location tab is not available any more. Ever time I do this, the location tab goes away. Anybody know where it went to and how to get it back

steven on January 22, 2012:


heavyrope on January 20, 2012:

Hi so I followed these instructions exactly until I got to step 7. I didn't create a new folder, I just saved it into the hard drive directly. Now it looks like the My Documents library sees the hard drive as the My Documents folder. I was able to this perfectly for My Music and everything else perfectly but My Documents is different. I can't restore to default. Can anyone help me with this?

whitepeaches on December 20, 2011:

I moved my My Documents (in Windows 7) to my external drive. I was happy for a little while until I discovered SugarSync doesn't like it, so I want to move it back. How do I reverse the steps? The folder that used to be My Documents is now named the same thing as the name of the external hard drive. In other words, the external hard drive is now acting as the My Documents folder. When I click on Properties of this folder, I can't see a way to reverse this. Can you walk me through this, please?

devisallen1 on December 19, 2011:

I do this above steps. Moving system folders can be a lot of trouble, but in Windows 7 it’s really easy to move the folder so thanks for the help.

Bryan on November 14, 2011:

Worked perfectly, thanks for the post.

Jerryrigged on July 21, 2011:

Open File Guy,

I have the exact same question... after moving the My Documents folder, it is now viewable by any user. So somehow the move stripped the security from the folder. I HATE working with permissions, but someone please advise how to correct this.

goentropo on June 03, 2011:

I have followed instructions and the first few times I had problems with an error message stating the process had been cancelled by the user. Finally got the transfer done and Word now automatically shows my partitioned D drive to be the default location. However, Recent documents still shows C drive as their location and there is still a folder under users with a lock symbol on it. (There is no way I can transfer this folder as per your directions.)The first time I accessed a file, it opened the one on C drive under users and didn't show the changes in the main documents library now located on D. I have had to manually copy it across. Is there a way I can 'fix' the files so they are linked or do I have to do a fresh open from D drive for each older document?

Open File Guy on May 29, 2011:

Security Question:

When you move the folders from C:\users\* to D:\*, your file become viewable to any user. How do you restrict access to only the user.

i.e. there are 2 users: U1 and U2. They should not be able to see each others folders.

or if some steals the hard drive, they can not see all the files.


Newguy on April 23, 2011:

Im doing these steps for my downloads folder, but it appears that it just copied the contents from c drive to d drive.Shouldn't it remove the folder from c drive?

empoy on March 30, 2011:

somehow my "my documents" folder was duplicated after i moved it to a different drive. location still shows the new drive but it also resides in the default location. same thing with my downloads folder. i don't know what happened but i think clicking on the "blank" folders in c:\users\**** gave the folders the distinct icons then the contents got duplicated.

i'm sorry the details are sketchy and i can't retrace the exact steps that led to this issue

raz on March 18, 2011:

hi! i got a problem :(

i moved every single folder in my User to D: successfully, but my desktop keeps jumping back to C:

when i move it, it goes, but after a while it jumps back. so now i have two desktop folders in both C and D drives

any help?


Kaz on February 25, 2011:

you are my flippin hero!

olivier on February 10, 2011:

thanks a lot this worked

Sarah on February 07, 2011:

Finally! This worked like a charm. Thanks so much.

Holykev on January 12, 2011:

Excellent post. Had the problem and this sorted it! Top of my Google search and that counts for a job well done!

lingbee on January 12, 2011:

thanks headstrong farm for the clear explanation. But to call this procedure easy? Remember, we are trying to move a folder from A to B, and that takes 11 steps? Even under DOS, or actually on old mainframes this was much easier. Not to blame you, but i personally do not understand why MS makes it so complicated and -even worse- un logical and unpredictable. E.g. when i simply drag 'my pictures' to another location, explorer shows the folder twice. Anyway, thanks for the post, i was trying to do what you explained above.

desi on December 31, 2010:

Great instructions... works like a treat.

Bear on December 29, 2010:

Here's an odd one for you.

I move all my USERNAME\DIRECTORIES to another drive as a matter of course. My issue is that sometime after I have done that, when I open my USERNAMEicon, I'll have double entries for each dir. One set is correct, the moved set. the NEW set is a return to all the C:\Usersname...blah..

How can I stop this perversion from happening again?

proberts on December 27, 2010:

Help. We just got a new computer with Windows 7. I set up two user accounts. Inadvertantly I was in my son's account when I created a folder which is under the Libraries. The folder's path has his usrname in it. How do I change the folder to be in my username and not his?

M2C2E on December 23, 2010:

I would like to move my music file from Drive C to Drive D. Because it is iTunes, I'm concerned that everything will not transfer, and only iTunes downloads will transfer. Is that a wrong assumption? Want to make sure before I lose any files!

Simon_from_Wales on December 15, 2010:

Hi HSF, thanks vm for your advice. Worked a treat for music & docs. Initially I had a bit of difficulty getting it to show a 'location' tab but I think that was because I was in the wrong place, or something. Anyway, when I did it right, it worked! Much appreciated.

Dave Menconi on November 24, 2010:

Thanks. Not sure I would have found that on my own!

Karen on October 21, 2010:

Thanks for your help.

helmi susanto on October 20, 2010:

hei...thanks for your article...

Francis Parent on October 10, 2010:

Thanks for this tutorial it really helps me in my backup strategy to have my documents on an other partitions.

James on October 04, 2010:

i am running a gaming pc wih windows 7 on it, i have multiple user's but when i remove an icon on my user account it removes the icon on the other user accouts too is there any way i can stop this from happening?

MikeR on September 08, 2010:

Thanks Headstrong that's clear now, although I was expecting to see the "new" My Documents folder still there with My Documents as a sub-folder, after the move. Instead I got the two My Documents folders which I simply renamed to make more sense.

One final point - in the process of moving the My Documents location to the new partition, the Authenticated Users group is added in security, which in my case allowed the standard user access to admin's folders. Moving the location back to the original source, removed the Authenticated Users group and hence prevented access by others. Have you come across this and if so what's the best way around the issue? Sorry if this is a stupid question but I'm still trying to find my way around W7.

Thanks for your help!

Headstrong Farm (author) from Rhode Island on September 08, 2010:


My advice on naming the 'new' My Documents folder in the new location would be to add the user name. So in Step 7 above, you would name the file "Mikes Docs" and then point to that as the new location.

Then for subsequent users, you would use their name, therefor keeping their files separate.

MikeR on September 08, 2010:

W7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks Headstrong for the tutorial!

So far I really like the way W7 handles admin and standard users. Just what I want! However have you tried your process with changing the location of an admin and a standard user to the same drive partition? I can see others have had problems and note Keni's advice above. However I very quickly got to the point where both my users were pointing at the same My Documents and both appeared to have the same access...

Have restored back to a previous restore point before I created the second user which has unravelled the admin's My Documents pointer but left a duplicate copy of the data on the partition as you'd expect...

Any thoughts on how this should work?

Headstrong Farm (author) from Rhode Island on September 05, 2010:

Thanks Jaaaaaaa.

It should be do-able, like it was in XP with 'Documents and Settings', to move the entire 'Users' folder. However, it would involve working in the registry and that's not really something I feel comfortable with putting on a hub. That's something that would really require a familiarity with Windows and the Registry for the user to work through it.

Jaaaaaaa on September 04, 2010:

thanks for the info. This process also applies to other libraries, such as music or pictures. Although I didn't see a way to move all libraries in one fell swoop.

Headstrong Farm (author) from Rhode Island on September 03, 2010:

Romel and Mike, you're very welcome. I appreciate the feed-back.

Headstrong Farm (author) from Rhode Island on September 03, 2010:

Nero39, I believe the instructions should work for any of the music/pictures/videos folders. If you didn't follow the step involving creating a new folder to move your files to, that may be the problem, but without more details, I can't be sure.

Headstrong Farm (author) from Rhode Island on September 03, 2010:

Chris, Which version of 7 are you using? Also, where are you navigating to the My Documents folder from? There is a 'pointer' that isn't the actual folder and that may be why you don't see the location tab.

mike on September 03, 2010:


Romel on August 30, 2010:

Thanks, the instruction are very detailed.

Nero39 on August 20, 2010:

Hi, I moved my music folder using the above method but now I have the D drive visible under the music icon on the left and no music folder at all!!

Any help welcome

Many Thanks

Smart on August 13, 2010:

Thanks for the very useful info. But I want to know how to relocate the Desktop location. I tried and failed to relocate the desktop as you said using the same steps. Please brief in XP, Vista and 7 if it differ in each one.

Chris Harper on August 02, 2010:

It's funny, when I go to the location tab....there isn't a Move button....in fact there are no buttons at all. Any ideas on this one?

Headstrong Farm (author) from Rhode Island on July 24, 2010:

Nike, if you reinstall Windows, just follow the steps for moving My Documents again.

seadley, I'd maybe back up your music, reverse the process and then try again, creating the folder in the process...

seadley on July 23, 2010:

On moving My Music from 'C' to 'E' drive I manged to lose the 'MY Music' folder. 'My Music' shows up as E drive in the Music library. I understand I left out the 'create a folder stage'. The Music Library shows I have 2 locations , one 'Sample Music' on C, and two 'E' drive with all its contents. I have removed E drive from the Music library and then hit restore default, E drive comes back. Is there a way to recover the location 'My Music'? If not what is the best approach to create a My Music folder in the music library on drive E? Any help will be appreciated.

Nike Sanchez on July 21, 2010:

Thanks for the excellent information, Headstrong. One more question if it's possible: In the event that I want to re-install my Win7 OS, will My Documents be still re-directed to the new location I put it in? Or in other words: In a Win 7 fresh install, when I click My Documents in Libraries, will this open the My Documents folder where I located it before the OS re-install?


Headstrong Farm (author) from Rhode Island on July 20, 2010:

Nike, to access the file, you can use the usual method through the start menu, or you could certainly create a desktop shortcut. In step 8, after you've created the new file and before you click on OK, just right click on the new file and then click on 'send to' and then click on 'desktop'... As for other programs, many check the registry for the path for the My Documents folder and of course the registry is updated with the new location, so they are good to go. You could also in many applications change the default locations for many things including backups, but those settings can be buried in the application.

Nike Sanchez on July 19, 2010:

Dear Headstrong: I hope you're still answering on this thread. I want to move My Documents file to another drive but my question is: How would I access the folder through my desktop? Would I have to navigate to it's actual location or just create a shortcut? Also, A lot of applications save on My Documents, will the applications "know" where to go to save files if I relocate the folder? Thanks in advance.

Chris Robertson on July 13, 2010:

This is useful for several reason. I now create 3 partition. OS(50G), Restore(50G), Data (remaining drive)

Using a program like easeus' todo backup. Backup your OS drive to your restore drive. Backup your data drive to an external drive. Now you can store your data offsite. If your windows get corrupt, or you get a trojan you can't remove, simply restore your OS drive.

Austhinker on July 08, 2010:

Thanks Headstrong Farm! Found this very useful.

Unfortunately it seems I'll have to edit the registry to do the same for Public folders, but this has helped me get a better understanding of what to do.


if you're still stuck, try following Headstrong's instructions again, and specifying a folder (eg D:\Sammy\documents) instead of just drive D. You'll probably have to manually sort your music files etc. from your documents, if they're currently all in the same folder. Using explorer details view, and clicking the "Type" column heading should help, but you probably already know that.

osubuc90 on July 01, 2010:

I think this was exactly what I was looking for as well! Once you follow these directions, the next time you click Start button and click on Documents, will it go to the new location? Moreover, will it automatically save files to that location?

Thanks again!!

hmmm on June 09, 2010:

Am a fan that you can change the locations. Am not a fan that they insist on moving files that were in a specific games folder to the user location (whatever you may have it be). Want to kick Microsoft.

Yehia on June 01, 2010:

Thank you for the help

tupac on April 24, 2010:

Hey, great tips, i tried relocating to my partition, success but there is a duplicate folder in the original location, for eg, i have now "my pictures" and "pictures", "my documents" and "documents", when i open "my documents" it points to the moved location, great, but when i open "documents", i have an error reading "location is not available"

sean in Toronto on April 23, 2010:

Awesome job, first time and it seems to be working. Go figure.

thanks a llot for the help

TT on April 19, 2010:

wow its working thx man.. = )

Jaime Diaz on April 06, 2010:

Thank for your posting, is very clear and friendly.

Sammy on March 22, 2010:

Help! i followed the steps from headstrong (thank you) but the problem i have is (step 7) i didn't create a new folder i just selected drive (D) now it directly saves on the drive how can i get My Documents folder back ?? thank you

p.s. i also did the same for music , video folders now i have the D drive under libraries plz help

Bill Ritzel on March 10, 2010:

I'm not on Win7 yet. Accomplishing this in Vista was (like so many other things) a nightmare - I finally gave up and went back to XP Pro. Can I drop my Favorites folder into My Documents before I move it, or is it already there in Win7? I ghost images of my C: drive to D: as a backup, so getting My Documents, Favorites, and email off C: is important to how I do things.

candraa on February 23, 2010:

thank, really usefull for me..even in microsoft website no tutorial like this

kreeves on February 17, 2010:

I believe this was asked above, but my scenario may be a bit different.

I also have a small 40 GB SSD where I plan to install Win7. Before installing any software, I'd like to point all of the user profile folders to another drive so that applications wont fill up the folders with configuration files, etc etc.

Could the fix above potentially be applied to the ENTIRE "Documents and Settings" folder? (assuming Win7 is setup similar to XP in this respect).

HellRider on February 15, 2010:

Ok, I have installed Win7 on an SSD and would like to have the My Documents on my 2nd drive (G:). I therefore experimentd with My Picutres folder by going to Windows Explorer and then right clicked on My Pictures then selected properties and then location tab. I then selected the G:\ drive. I didn't name a new folder as I assumed it would retain it's origional name.

The folder was moved but it doesn't show up in Windows Explorer under the G:\ drive. It does show up in the Libraries on the left with correct path. However, if I create a new folder on the G: drive the new folder shows up in both the G:\ drive and the under the My Pictures folder under the library. It doesn't make sense.

Does anyone know how to correct this?


Scott Malestorm on February 14, 2010:

Hi - I had no difficulty changing locations the standard folders - Many Thanks, ... but I ran into trouble trying to change the location of the Desktop. While the location of the \user\users\desktop file was changed to D:, the computer still continued to display as the desktop C: even after restart - which of course is not what I desired.

Any suggestions?


Cathal on February 12, 2010:

Thanks. One of the many irritaions with my new machine gone.

Kevin McIntyre on February 09, 2010:

very helpful. got the documents and stuff to the Mirror drive now. Thank you !

keni on January 23, 2010:


Start btn-> type "Folder Options" [enter]

view tab-> Hidden Files and Folders [tick]

Hide protected operating system files(not too sure if this is necessary but its worth doing it)[untick]

[Apply] then [Ok]

Local Disk/Users/username/

Use Headstrongs instructions

-> because you have moved the system files hidden in each folder you wont get duplicates in this folder :)

Dont forget to hide system folders and hidden folders again

Smile :)


Headstrong Farm (author) from Rhode Island on January 20, 2010:

Thanks for the clarification, and you're welcome.

I wasn't looking foreward to taking new screenshots and all that, so it's good to know what the cause was.

Scenarious on January 19, 2010:


I did a bit of pondering on this issue. JFYI, I remembered that I did not change the locations the way you show here. If I'm remembering correctly, I believe that I clicked on Start and then right clicked on Documents and chose Properties. From the Library settings there, I added the folders that I wanted to include and then removed the default ones. This must be the reason it did not work the way I expected it to. I did the same for Music, Favorites, Pictueres, etc..

After changing the location of the links under C:\Users\(user name)\ all is working the way it should. Next time I will have to try the same way you describe here.

Sorry for the confusion, and thank you for your advice.

Headstrong Farm (author) from Rhode Island on January 19, 2010:

Scenarious, that's strange. I've had no problems with the games that I have installed. On my system, C:\Users\(user name) is only a [placeholder] shortcut, and every My Documents shortcut points to the new location. I think that maybe having the tutorial change the location from C:\Users\(username) might be a good idea and might have prevented your glitch.

Thanks for the comments and I'm glad you worked it out.

Scenarious on January 17, 2010:

OK. Here's something interesting for you. When I moved the Documents folder, I had done it the same way you show here. A minute ago, just out of curiousity, I navigated to C:\users\(username)\My Documents in the explorer and right clicked on it there. Low and behold, it's not using the same location as the new Libraries\Documents link is. I moved it and now they are both pointing to the custom loction on E. Problem solved.

Check yours too.

Scenarious on January 17, 2010:

When finished installing a fresh OS, the first thing I do is point my 'My Documents' folder to its custom location, so unfortunately I don't know if it would have moved previously installed game data. I now have to copy all my saves back to the default location on C to get them working again. It's not that big of a deal really, it's just that I like to keep all important data in a separate location. It's nice to be able to format and reinstall my OS without having to move any data around. The way it worked in Vista and XP was, when games are re-installed, normally they'd see the save games and configs right away. Something has changed in 7. Just to let you know, the only program that is doing the same thing as the games is PowerDVD 9. Everything else so far is using the custom location. I will continue looking into this. If I find a solution I will let you know.

Headstrong Farm (author) from Rhode Island on January 17, 2010:

Scenarious, that's a really good question. Does this happen with games that you're currently using when you moved the My Documents folder, or is it just with new games that you installed after the move? In either case, you may need to check out any help forums on the game's website. My guess is that it would require some registry entry changes to fix the problem and would probably be unique to each game in question. This doesn't happen with all games.

Scenarious on January 17, 2010:

I have moved my special folders to a separate drive since XP. It has worked flawlessly in XP, XP 64, and Vista 64. Now, in 7 64, I have moved the My Documents folder to drive E:\My Documents. Unfortunately, although all my documents are being saved in the custom location, my save game folders are still being created in the C:\Users\(username)\My Documents folder! You wouldn't know if there is a way to remedy this would you?

Thanks a bunch.

Headstrong Farm (author) from Rhode Island on January 11, 2010:


Thank you for the e-mail. I didn't get notification of a new message on this hub for some reason...

I've looked into the issue you've reported and it seems that Windows does indeed change the label on the new folder to "My Documents" after you've moved My Documents to the new location. I hadn't noticed this before, so thank you for pointing it out. I think that the reason that I didn't notice is that I hadn't performed the operation for multiple users. Using your example, the "Path" to your new My Documents folder *is* "D:\Jeffery", but the folder is labeled "My Documents". So if you want to move the My Documents folder for another user, you will have to use the other user name for the folder that you are pointing to. Windows will call the new folder My Documents as well, but this isn't something that will cause a conflict as the paths will be different. By that I mean that the one that you have now is My Documents [D:\Jeffery] and the new one will be My Documents [D:\*other user name*]. I tried this on my own system with a second test user account and it went perfectly. Both folders showed up as My Documents, but when they were selected and I showed the path in the address bar, I saw "D:\Brett's Documents" and "D:\Test Documents". I hope that makes sense and clears things up for you on the issue. I am going to be updating this hub now that I've been using Windows 7 Ult. x64 for a while after switching from the RC version and I will be sure to add the information that you've brought to my attention to prevent further confusion.

Headstrong Farm (author) from Rhode Island on January 11, 2010:

sns3, the reason that you get a shortcut from drag/dropping a folder such as My Music is that it's a system folder and isn't moveable in the typical way (drag/drop, cut/paste, etc.). You can right click on it and under properties if it has a "Location" tab, you can use the method in this hub for moving it as is done with the My Documents folder.

Jeff Smith on January 10, 2010:

Hi Headstrong Farm - Thanks (I think) for posting this. I'm a bit snake-bit with this whole business of moving these special user folders (or junction points/libraries/whatever) though. I have been through h*** with this for days ... ending up with (seemingly) things like 2 folders with the exact same name in the same location (can't be, right? ... but it looks that way). I rename one of them and they both change. I delete one of them and they both disappear.

Anyway, I finally went back to a Restore Point for other reasons and tried again. Went down your instructions here, verbatim. Got to the point where you say: " Create a new folder. Name it whatever you would like." And since I was moving my personal 'My Documents' folder from my C:\ partition to my D:\ partition, I clicked on the 'New Folder' button, specified 'Jeffrey' as the new folder name on the D:\ partition (Note: 'Jeffrey' is also the name of my User Profile ...), clicked to confirm the "the Yes button in the Move Folder warning window", and then came back to the 'My Documents' Properties window and I don't think anything was happening until I clicked 'Apply' at which time the Move operation began and concluded 'successfully'. What's funny, though, is that when I now click on Computer and drill down to the D:\ partition, my new folder 'Jeffrey' is nowhere to be seen. There is, however, a 'My Documents' folder on the D:\ partition. Yet when I go to 'Start | Jeffrey' & click on 'My Documents' it opens a Windows Explorer window with 'My Documents' in it that reads in the address bar as 'Jeffrey > My Documents' and when I click into the address bar, it then resolves to 'D:\Jeffrey'. If that wasn't confusing enough, if I click 'Start | Documents' it opens an Explorer windows with the address bar saying: 'Libraries\Documents' and indicates in the left-hand (folder) pane: 'My Documents (C:)' and in the right pane: it indicates these 3 things: a) 'My Documents (Empty)'; b) underneath that,it says 'C:\Users\Jeffrey' and c) it says further: 'This folder is unavailable'.

So, questions that come to mind are: 1) Did I do this right? Is this supposed to be the way things are when I'm done? 2) If not, how can I fix it? 3) I still have to move the rest of the user folders (well, at least Pictures, Music and Videos I guess) ... unless I've done something wrong, when I go to move these other folders, do I again 'create' this 'ghost' folder of 'D:\Jeffrey' as the destination location (it doesn't appear when I browse D:\ ...) by specifying 'New Folder' of 'Jeffrey' again?

Sorry to have so many questions but, as said, this whole process has caused my a lot of frustration and days of lost time. Thanks for any help you might be able to provide.

sns3 on December 29, 2009:

Hi! I'm new to W7 and am experimenting with the file system before moving my data from an XP environment to the W7 computer.

I found that if I moved certain folders under \users\\ (e.g., "My Music") the move operation (say to the "desktop" with right click, drag and drop) left a link to the folder behind in the original location.

I've searched for a good article on why this happens and it seems you might either know what is happening or point me in the right directions.

In contrast, if I move a folder that I've created under users\\, they "move" to the location I pick without leaving any vestige of themselves behind.


Headstrong Farm (author) from Rhode Island on December 26, 2009:

Glad you have sorted things out, Bane. Unfortunately, I can forsee and write for different configurations you may want to use.

Bane on December 26, 2009:

Just forgot to say, moved all of them manually and everything's fine now. Cheers

Bane on December 26, 2009:

Thanx Headstrong Farm, some small obstacles appeared though the whole operation is finally done. My PC is dual boot XP(x86) and 7(64) and i wanted to use same My Documents folder for both systems (my docs is a separate partition on primary drive). Followed your instructions and nearly everything done well, all files in the root of my docs directory were changed but, folders like my music, my pictures, etc... have not, what to hell happened

Catherine on December 17, 2009:

Hi Headstrong! I'm back. I have admin privileges and right-clicked on the My Documents Folder. I did a little research and found that the problem lies in the UAC. I had to disable it in order to see the Location tab........Now I'm off to move my data files with the help of your tutorial.

Thanks for getting back to me:) Keep writing!

Headstrong Farm (author) from Rhode Island on December 17, 2009:

Catherine, thank you for the compliment. Are you sure that you right-clicked on the My Documents folder and not the Documents folder? Aside from that another thing to check are that you have administrator privilages.

Catherine on December 17, 2009:

Your tutorial is nicely detailed. The problem I'm encountering is when I right-click on the folder I don't have anywhere near the amount of tabs shown in the tutorial. Of course this means I don't have a "Location" tab.

Is there something I need to enable? Thank you.

Headstrong Farm (author) from Rhode Island on December 14, 2009:

Jay, you can move the Desktop folder the same way you move the my Documents folder.

Chris, you're welcome. I'm here to help.

chris on December 14, 2009:

it didn't work. i wanted to move 1 folder but instead i moved all of them. THANKS A lot JERK

Jay on December 11, 2009:

Any one know how to move the desktop location, I like to keep it on my D drive with all my documents and mail. Just in case something happens to my system drive.

OldBob on December 06, 2009:

It's odd what happens if you open Downloads via the Documents Library (rather than via My Documents - Downloads) it displays not only the filenames of htm pages as expected, but expands to show ALL the associated bits that are normally tucked away neatly in filename_files

Headstrong Farm (author) from Rhode Island on November 30, 2009:

It's absolutely possible in XP. You can even move the entire Documents and Settings folder. If you only need to move the My Docs folder, check out my other HubPage.


wayne on November 30, 2009:

can you move the mydoc's for users on xp too? this is news to me. coming from the unix world I've asked many windows techs to put mydocs home dir on another disk but nobody said it was possible.

Hayden on November 24, 2009:

Wow, a change to Windows that doesn't require hacking around in the registry. Not even a restart. Windows 7 really is good isn't it :)

Headstrong Farm (author) from Rhode Island on November 18, 2009:

The only really acceptable way to install programs on a non-system partition is when you install the program, chose your install directory using the program's installer. I don't see any benefit to installing on a separate partition on the asme disk. In fact, that may actually be detrimental. However, installing on a separate physical drive has advantages, but not if you already have your personal files and page file there. If you have three drives, then you could have your OS on one, your program files on a second, and your page file and personal files on a third. It really depends on the drives and what you need. With three drives, if they're the same, you'd really be much better off with a RAID setup than spreading out like that. Personally, I keep my OS and programs on the same drive and put my page file on a small partition at the beginning of a second drive, which also has my personal files.

Nelson on November 17, 2009:

Hi. Thank you for the helpful info. My question is, can you do the same thing for Program Files. I read somewhere that it's a good idea to keep the Windows OS files in a partition all to themselves; then, create a separate partition for all your other programs. But, how do make this other partition the default so that program install files go there by default, instead of automatically going to C (where the Windows files are)?

Thanks again.

Kulwant on November 12, 2009:

Despite all the improvements MS would have you believe have been made for Windows 7, basic things like moving potentially large folders like the Public documents folders is still far from straightforward.

In XP and Vista it could sometimes be achieved by making changes to the Registry (sometimes even that didn't work). I suspect it's the same in Windows 7, but too many basics continue to be neglected in Windows.

Justin on November 10, 2009:

Great tutorial - I have a couple of quick questions if you're still monitoring this thread :). I moved the My Documents relatively painlessly for my wife and I, but the interesting thing is that the original folders are still in my Windows partition and show up with a little padlock graphic (I assume they're locked somehow). Not only that, the originals are all of about 3 GB combined, but the new ones are significantly less. Any guesses as to what is going on? Finally, I was going to try to move all of the "Public" files the same way but there doesn't appear to be the same "move" functionality. Can I get away with a good ole cut and paste for the public folders?

Thanks in advance,


Chris M on November 09, 2009:

Thank you for this tip.

David Clover on October 09, 2009:

I used to be able to map 'My Documents' to a server shared area - but this seems not possible in W7. Anyone any ideeas? d.a.clover@open.ac.uk

Headstrong Farm (author) from Rhode Island on September 24, 2009:

"2) In the left panel of the Libraries\Documents window, click on the arrows to expand Libraries>Documents>My Documents (C:\Users\[User Name])"

You're wecome anyway. ;)

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