can't change location of Documents folder


  1. Posts : 31
    win 10 pro
       #1

    can't change location of Documents folder


    chased down a bunch of posts for the error message but not found an answer yet

    I added a new registry entry that was a post suggestion to fix
    can't change location of Documents folder-move.mydoc5.jpg

    I'm suspicious it has some thing to do with Documents being in OneDrive?

    The folder, mydocs, on my G drive is a copy of the Documents folder from a replaced drive, when I first got the
    error I changed the folder name to myDocs thinking maybe the problem was do to having the same folder name
    on the target move location.

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  2. steve108's Avatar
    Posts : 11,331
    19041.867 - 2004/20H1 Home x64
       #2

    Hello again bbxrider ,
    Have you tried this local tutorial: Move Location of Documents Folder in Windows 10
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  3. imanalien's Avatar
    Posts : 83
    Windows 10 pro 64 Bit Version 21H1 (OS Build 19043.844)
       #3

    Hassle to move it permanently but easy just to make a shortcut anywhere. Also if your copying a different Documents folder copy to replace the documents folder and its not working, just open copy the backup one from your drive to your desktop and open the folder in file explorer, open a second file explorer window opening that one in the real documents folder and drag and drop contents from one to the other.? Not sure if this will suffice for you? I understood what you asked.
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 29,868
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #4

    When using the tutorial steve108 posted note two things:

    a. It says
    1
    If you currently have your Documents folder protected by OneDrive, then you will need to temporarily turn off OneDrive protection for this folder until after you move it.
    b. It advises you make a disk image before proceeding.

    Why? It's easy to make a mistake that is hard to undo. Personally I'd never do this for reasons I've given a number of time before, and prefer to create my own folders on a different drive or partition - these can be added to a library if desired, pr a new library created.

    There's nothing magic about the default 'Documents', 'Downloads' etc - nor are you forced to use them.
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  5. Posts : 31
    win 10 pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    thanks again for all the replys, apologize for the delay in posting this reply, all was good to set things up as soon as I got one drive out of the way!
    but as to why I wanted to use the default ms 'documents', there's a bunch of ms save file dialogs that look like this with documents right there on top, so don't have to scroll down, etc. just trying to save steps, not sure how to get a folder of my creation to appear at the top of the selections for these dialogs
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  6. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 7,392
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.868
       #6

    bbxrider said:
    not sure how to get a folder of my creation to appear at the top of the selections for these dialogs
    Select the desired folder & drag itonto the Quick access entry then it will be right at the top.

    Denis
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  7. Posts : 31
    win 10 pro
    Thread Starter
       #7

    thanks try3, I have done that with some folders, but they don't appear in the 'this pc' list, see pic from my post just above, they do show up in other file save dialogues, as I remember from coding days, I think it depends on which one you invoke when coding the response to a save file, or save as dialogue, in .net programming, its not that big a deal, just lazy here
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  8. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 7,392
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.868
       #8

    bbxrider said:
    ... I have done that with some folders, but they don't appear in the 'this pc' list ...
    They wouldn't. They appear in the Quick access entry, which is at the top as you wanted.

    I cannot help with your main problem because I uninstalled OneDrive so know nothing about it.

    I can say, however, that the Documents entry you illustrated in your first diagram is wrong and should be deleted. Windows will not even look at it. Your Documents folder is defined by the Personal entry in that Registry key.

    Denis
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  9. KeithM's Avatar
    Posts : 788
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home
       #9

    Did you get your origianl problem fixed???

    You can add folders to This PC the same way Docuemts & others appear there, but it requires a registry edit.

    A quick workaround is to use the Add network location option under This PC. That creates folder shortcuts that will appear in the Navigaiton Pane.

    I just lost half an hours worth of detailed explanation & screen shots --- so frustrated at the moment. Let me know if you want details.
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  10. Posts : 297
    Windows 10 20H2 (19042.685)
       #10

    I know that may not be what the OP was originally asking for, but I thought I will chip in with a completely alternative solution. Here's how my explorer opens

    can't change location of Documents folder-capture1.png

    Disk C contains Windows (by default), but all my own files (literally, all of them) belong to disk D (there are other drives on my computer, for backup and archiving purposes, but they are powered down when not in use). None of my files are in the "Documents" folder that is created by Windows by default. In my setup I see no reason whatsoever to "move" the Documents folder. I just put my own files in disk D where I can create the folder structure I am comfortable with. The only reason that "Documents" folder is showing up in the navigation pane in my explorer is that some programs insist on creating subfolders there by default when I install them. Most of them allow to specify the default file location, which in my case is nowhere near that Documents folder. But some of them do put something there and some programs I use so rarely that I don't really bother customizing, it's easier to just move individual files to where I want them to go.
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