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    Move Location of Desktop Folder in Windows 10

    How to Move Your Desktop Folder Location in Windows 10
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    03 Sep 2018
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    How to Move Your Desktop Folder Location in Windows 10


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    The desktop is the main screen area that you see after you turn on your PC and sign in to Windows. Like the top of an actual desk, it serves as a surface for your work. When you open apps or folders, they appear on the desktop. You can also put items on the desktop, such as files, folders, and shortcuts, and arrange them however you want.

    By default, Windows stores your personal Desktop folder in your account's %UserProfile% folder (ex: "C:\Users\Brink").

    You can change where files in this Desktop folder are stored to another place on the hard drive, another drive, or another computer on the network.

    This tutorial will show you how to move the default location of your Desktop folder to where you want in Windows 10.


    Here's How:

    1. If you haven't already, you will need to create a new folder named Desktop at the location (ex: "E:" ) you want to move your personal Desktop folder to. (see screenshot below)

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    2. Open This PC in File Explorer (Win+E), right click on your Desktop folder, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on the Location tab, and click/tap on the Move button. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    If you don't have a Location tab, then you can type shell:desktop into the address bar of File Explorer, and press Enter to find it's current location.


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    4. Browse to and select the Desktop folder at the location (ex: "E:\Desktop" ) from step 1, and click/tap on Select Folder. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Click/tap on OK to apply. (see screenshot below)

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    6. Click/tap on Yes to move all the files from the old location to the new location. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Your personal Desktop folder and all of its contents will now be moved to the new location (ex: "E:\Desktop" ). (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1.    23 Jul 2017 #1

    You Are A Lifesaver!


    OK, not really a life-saver but, good grief, you've saved me some very frustrating time!

    I think I must've accidentally dragged my Desktop folder up one place into the Cookies folder in Explorer's folder pane view.

    I couldn't understand why, for every folder on my Desktop, Explorer showed the address as:
    "C:\users\<name>\Cookies\Desktop\<foldername>" !

    And all my attempts to access the Cookies folder in order to drag the Desktop out again were met with "Access Denied!", so I was, as the guy in "Notting Hill" said, "basically buggered".

    Thanks again, Shawn.
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       23 Jul 2017 #2

    I'm glad it was able to help Zaphod. :)
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  3.    13 Sep 2017 #3

    Works great and no need to manually change Registry Entries in
    Code:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folder
    This also changes my explorer entries in "This PC" and "Quick Access".

    Only one little thing:
    Nearly all new created target folders on D:\UserName\... get the matching icon automatically (like Music, Documents, Videos, Pictures, Downloads) but for "Desktop" the original yellow explorer folder icon remains on my new target folder D:\UserName\Desktop".

    How can I change this one too?
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  4.    13 Sep 2017 #4

    Never mind:

    I have just deleted my manually created "Desktop" folder on the target drive and then moved it with the steps in your tutorial. I answered the question "target folder doesn't exist, create new?" with yes and voilą, the icon appears as expected.
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       13 Sep 2017 #5

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  6.    27 Dec 2017 #6

    Brink said: View Post
    I'm glad it was able to help Zaphod. :)

    Hey i accidentally changed my desktop to the secondary drive (D:\) how do i get it back to it's original path?

    and...the original path is C:\Users\User\Desktop right? how do i switch it back to normal :s please help , please i just got a new computer for Christmas and i don't want it to mess up
    Last edited by essenbe; 27 Dec 2017 at 02:56. Reason: Removed personal Info.
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       27 Dec 2017 #7
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  8.    10 Jul 2018 #8

    Hi,

    Thanks for the tutorial on this. Does anybody know how to fix the shortcuts that used to work from the run dialog box after making these changes?

    I.e., in the past, if I brought up the run dialog box and simply typed "desktop", it would bring up the desktop folder...similarly that would work if I typed "favorites", "downloads", etc. Unfortunately, those don't work anymore after these changes. You get "Windows cannot find 'Desktop'." Any thoughts on how to restore this behavior?
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  9. essenbe's Avatar
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       10 Jul 2018 #9

    Have you tried to use the exact location? If you have moved them, I would think it needs the exact location.
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