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How to Change the Default Location of the My Documents Folder
Article ID: 310147 - View products that this article applies to.
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This article describes how to change the default location of the My Documents folder in Microsoft Windows XP.
The My Documents folder is your own personal folder in which you can store your documents, graphics, and other personal files. When there is more that one person using the computer, Windows creates a My Documents folder for each user on the computer.
By default, the target or actual location of the My Documents folder is C:\Documents and Settings\user name\My Documents, where C is the drive in which Windows is installed, and user name is the currently logged-on user. You can change the target if you want My Documents to point to a different folder location.
Change the Default Location of the My Documents FolderTo change the default location of the My Documents folder, follow these steps:
Restore the My Documents Folder to Its Default LocationTo restore the My Documents folder to its default location, follow these steps:
Remove the My Documents Folder from the Start menuIf you do not want to display My Documents on the Start menu, follow these steps:
Display the My Documents Folder on the Start menuTo display My Documents on the Start menu, follow these steps:
For additional information about working with the My Documents Folder, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
298399For additional information about the Start menu in Windows XP, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/298399/EN-US/ )HOW TO: Set the My Documents Folder as 'Private'
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/279767/EN-US/ )Description of the Start Menu in Windows XP