In Windows 7 and Windows 8, there are multiple ways to access “My Documents”:
- Windows 7 and Windows 8 both have the concept of “Libraries” which can allow multiple folders to be associated with the Documents directory that you typically view in Windows Explorer.
- However, there is also the traditional form of “My Documents” which lives under the C:\Users\<your user name> directory.
Therefore, this is the recommended strategy for changing the location of the “My Documents” folder while maintaining the association in the Documents Library.
- In Windows Explorer, navigate to the location of the “My Documents” folder (beneath C:\Users\<your user name>)
- Right click on the folder and click on Properties
- Click on the Location tab
- Click on the Move… button to move the directory to another location (preferably on another disk partition or another dedicated data drive)
- You may be prompted to move all of the data in the current directory to the new target directory. If so, click on the Yes button.
- Now, still in Windows Explorer, navigate to the Libraries—>Documents directory and right click on the Documents icon.
- Select Properties from the right-click context menu.
- If you have successfully moved your “My Documents” directory, the new directory location should also appear in your Documents Library set of folder locations.