Changing the location and name of My Documents in Windows

If you aren’t feeling quite as secure with the location of your My Documents folder in Windows, don’t worry—you can change the properties of My Documents in order to move it to a different drive or rename it altogether. Here’s how to make it truly yours.   My Documents is a quick, easy way to access documents because the folder is integrated throughout the Windows interface. You’ll find it in just about every address bar in sight (such as a File | Open dialog). There are two things most users would probably like to change about My Documents at some point: location and name. You might want to specify a different drive or one with better security, such as an NTFS volume instead of a FAT volume. You can easily change the properties of the My Documents folder. Here’s how:

  1. Right-click My Documents on the desktop and choose Properties.
  2. In the Target page, click in the Target text box and specify the path to the local folder or network share (UNC pathname) that you want to use as your document folder. (Alternatively, you can click the Move button to browse to the appropriate folder.)
  3. Click OK to apply the change, and Windows will give you the option of copying all files and folders from the old location to the new one.
  4. Right-click My Documents and choose Rename.
  5. Designate whatever name you like. That’s the name that will now appear in place of My Documents—not only under the icon, but also in other places, like the address bar.


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