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Changing My Documents Location
A lot of applications open up in the My Documents folder of your hard drive which is great if that's where you keep your documents, but if you are like me you do not keep them there. The default location for the My Documents folder is stored as a shortcut in the windows directory.

Navigate to the Favorites folder and you should see a folder shortcut called My Documents, right click on this folder and select properties, change to the shortcut tab and alter the Target setting to your location. Now all applications that use the My Documents shortcut should now point to the new location.


This tip for NT users was submitted by Stephanie Giovannini.

I've been looking through your tips page. I was excited when I saw the tip about changing My Documents. I have NT, which uses a Personal folder buried deep in the system directory as my default save folder. But, the My Documents tip doesn't apply to NT at all. So, I did some digging in the registry, and I found it!

First, if you're the cautious type, back up your registry.

To change your own default save folder:

Open Reg Edit. Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

Select the value Personal. Double-click it and change the data to your desired path. If you know what the NT environment variables are, you can use one here. Notice that the default uses the variable %USERPROFILE%.

Close Reg Edit. The changes are immediate.

If you are a local administrator and you can change the default save folder for certain users (users who have not yet logged on locally, users whose local profile has been deleted, and all guests).

Open Reg Edit. Navigate to: HKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

Select the value Personal. Double-click it and change the data to your desired path. If you know what the NT environment variables are, you can use one here. Notice that the default uses the variable %USERPROFILE%.

Close Reg Edit. The changes are immediate.

 

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