Many applications store data in the “My Documents” folder. Unfortunately, by default this folder is buried at “C:Documents and SettingsUserNameMy Documents”.
A smarter approach is to separate your programs and data. For example, I store the operating system and programs on my C: drive and all data on my D: drive.
But simply moving your data is not enough–you need to tell applications and the operating system where to find it.
To change the default location of the “My Documents” folder:
- Click the Windows Start button. The “Start” menu appears.
- Right-click on My Documents, then seelct Properties from the popup menu.
- Ensure the Target tab is selected.
- Click the Move button.
- The “Select a Destination” dialog appears. Select the folder where you want to store your documents, then click OK.
- The “Move Documents” confirmation dialog appears. Click Yes to move your documents to the new location.
IMPORTANT: If at any time during this process you decide to cancel, be sure to click the Cancel button in the “My Documents Properties” dialog as well.
Article published on June 13, 2007
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