How to move My Documents in Windows 7?

Some of you might use SSD’s by now and want to know how to move the “My Documents” folder. Moving system folders can be a lot of trouble, but in Windows 7 it’s really easy!


Windows 7 My Documents

Via Explorer

1. Step Open up the Explorer (Windows Key + E)

2. Step Uncollapse the Documents folder to see the folder My Documents in the sidebar:

Windows 7 My Documents Folder

My Documents Folder

3. Step Right-click on the folder My Documents and click on “Properties”

4. Step Go to the tab “Location”:

Windows 7 My Documents Folder Location

My Documents Location

5. Step Click on the button Move:

Move My Documents Windows 7

6. Step Navigate to the folder where you want to move your “My Documents” folder to.

If you haven’t created the folder yet, don’t worry. Right-click just left of the folder list and click on “New” – “Folder” to create a new folder, e.g. Documents. Finally, click on Select Folder!

Windows 7 Create New Folder

Create Folder

7. Step After clicking on Select Folder in (6) we’re back on the folder location screen. Eventually, to move the My Documents folder, click on Apply:

Apply

8. Step Confirm the prompt with yes if you are sure that you want to move the My Documents folder:

Do you want to move all of the files from the old location to the new location?

9. Step Done. No matter how you named the folder, the folder will now appear as My Documents:

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2 Responses to How to move My Documents in Windows 7?

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    LePeR said:

    I actually prefer using junctions for relocating folders… run into less issues imo

    check out this little guide here
    http://www.starkeith.net/coredump/2009/05/18/how-to-move-your-windows-user-profile-to-another-drive/

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Good point LePeR, great guide! Junction points are definitely a good solution for moving folders in Windows 7, but that might be too complicated for some people, so I would recommend the method above beginners. But if you know how to use the command prompt I would also recommend using junctions points for it.

    If anyone needs additional instructions how to create junctions points in Windows 7, read this:
    http://windows7themes.net/how-to-create-junction-points-in-windows-7.html

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