Windows 10: Shortcut to Documents Solved

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  1. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       18 Feb 2016 #1

    Shortcut to Documents


    If I create a shortcut to my documents folder, or pin it to Quick Access or Start Menu, then the shortcut will take me to my Documents library, which is not what I want. (The annoyance comes from the fact that once there if I then decide to go somewhere that isn't in the library, I can't simply go up to the containing folder; I also cannot click the address bar to get the current folder path.)
    Is there a way to keep shortcuts to the documents folder (or pinned items) from taking me to libraries? Also is there a way to delete the default libraries completely? (I don't have any use for them.)

    If disabling the libraries feature is the only way to do this then so be it, but I'd rather not as I might be able to actually use libraries. If that is the only way to do it, how would I disable the feature? I found this article which tells how do disable the feature in Windows 7, but I wasn't able to find anything for Windows 10. (Would the same .reg files work in Windows 10?)
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,078
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       18 Feb 2016 #2

    Hello Suuper, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    If you wanted a shortcut of the Documents folder in your user folder, then you could use the path below to create the shortcut with.

    %UserProfile%\Documents
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  3. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 6,409
    Windows 10 Pro X64 17134.191
       18 Feb 2016 #3

    You can also navigate to C:\Users\yourusername or %UserProfile% in File Explorer then right click on Documents and drag to the Desktop. Release the mouse button and choose Create shortcuts here. Or right click on Documents and select Send to then Desktop.
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  4. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       19 Feb 2016 #4

    All of those create a shortcut which, when opened, take me to my documents library. Even though the shortcut's target is a link to the folder, when file explorer opens up I'm at the library.
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  5. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,078
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       19 Feb 2016 #5

    Suuper,

    Please post a screenshot showing where it opens at to see what may wrong. %UserProfile%\Documents should open directly to your "C:\Users\(user-name)\Documents" folder.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...en-forums.html
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  6. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 6,409
    Windows 10 Pro X64 17134.191
       19 Feb 2016 #6

    Hmm, interesting. I just tried doing the Send to Desktop from C:\Users\rrkurtz\Documents and when I open it , this is where it takes me.

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    When I look at Properties of Documents there, it shows:

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    so it is really C:\Users\.................. as you said Shawn.
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  7. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,078
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       19 Feb 2016 #7

    Yep, the folders in "This PC" are just links to the same folders in "C:\Users\(user-name)" by default. :)
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  8. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       20 Feb 2016 #8

    Oh, so it isn't the library. My bad, I probably should have been able to see that myself.

    That doesn't solve my problem, though.
    Suuper said: View Post
    (The annoyance comes from the fact that once there if I then decide to go somewhere that isn't in the library, I can't simply go up to the containing folder; I also cannot click the address bar to get the current folder path.)
    I want the folder path "C:/Users/[name]/Documents" to show up, instead of This PC->Documents.

    I have also found that if I rename my documents folder to "docs", opening C:/Users/[name]/Documents still goes to the documents folder (C:/Users/[name]/docs), despite that the name is now different. And if I try to create a new folder named Documents, it says that a folder named docs already exists and asks if I want to merge. (I was trying to get around the problem by re-naming the folders and creating new ones.)
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  9. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,078
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       20 Feb 2016 #9

    Supper,

    Both locations are the same folder. The "This PC" location uses a symbolic link.
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  10. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       20 Feb 2016 #10

    No duh. Please read this:
    Suuper said: View Post
    (The annoyance comes from the fact that once there if I then decide to go somewhere that isn't in the library documents folder , I can't simply go up to the containing folder; I also cannot click the address bar to get the current folder path.)

    I want the folder path "C:/Users/[name]/Documents" to show up, instead of This PC->Documents.
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