Make "Personal Folder" in Start Menu open "User's Files": possible?

  1. AndreyT's Avatar
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    Make "Personal Folder" in Start Menu open "User's Files": possible?


    If I ask Windows to display a desktop icon for "User's Files"

    Make "Personal Folder" in Start Menu open "User's Files": possible?-screenshot-6-.png

    an icon named "Andrey" will appear on my desktop, which will open a "virtual" folder containing all of my special folders (Documents, Pictures etc.)

    Make "Personal Folder" in Start Menu open "User's Files": possible?-screenshot-7-.png

    In reality these folders are located on different drives (relocated through "Properties | Location" tab), but "User's Files" makes
    them appear all in one place in this "virtual" folder (see the address in the address bar).

    At the same time, if I personalize the left-hand side of start menu to include "Personal Folder"

    Make "Personal Folder" in Start Menu open "User's Files": possible?-screenshot-4-.png

    and then use this entry, it will take me to the physical %USERPROFILE% folder. Since most of the special folders have been relocated, I'll just see a rather useless scarcely populated folder

    Make "Personal Folder" in Start Menu open "User's Files": possible?-screenshot-5-.png

    So, is there any known tweak that would make the Start Menu entry to work exactly as the desktop icon does? I want the Start Menu entry it to take me to the full virtual folder, not to the almost empty physical one.
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  2. hsehestedt's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro, 20H2
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    In your second illustration where you have "Andrey" circled, right-click on Andrey and select "Copy Address".

    Select Start > Personal folder. In the main pane, right-click and choose "paste shortcut".

    If you don't want the one extra click of clicking on that shortcut, then do this:

    Open that same Window as shown in your second illustration once again, and copy and paste a shortcut for each of the elements in that Window.

    NOTE: Personally, I prefer the first method. That way, if you make a change on the desktop folders it will automatically be reflected in the other location since it's a shortcut to that whole folder rather than the individual elements which are subject to change.
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  3. AndreyT's Avatar
    Posts : 408
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
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    hsehestedt said:
    In your second illustration where you have "Andrey" circled, right-click on Andrey and select "Copy Address". Select Start > Personal folder. In the main pane, right-click and choose "paste shortcut".
    That's actually a very interesting behavior.

    Shortcut created as you describe looks like a plain shortcut at first. If I open its properties, it looks like a plain shortcut to `D:\Users\Andrey`. Nothing special about it. However, when I open that shortcut, it opens the "virtual" folder, the one shown on the second screenshot.

    If I create a plain shortcut to `D:\Users\Andrey` manually, using the regular procedure, that shortcut will not behave like this. It will simply open `D:\Users\Andrey` and show only the context that is physically present there (the fourth screenshot).

    What is the internal difference between these two shortcuts? Is there a way to convert between these types of shortcuts?
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