Changing and moving Documents folder

In Windows Vista, you have a shortcut in the side panel of Start Menu labeled Documents. When you click on it a folder opens up. Normally this folder is %userprofile%Documents which expands to C:Users[username]Documents folder for most of the users, where [username] is your login username for Windows Vista. But you can change this to be any folder of your like. This is how :

Change Documents target

  1. Right-click on Documents in the Start Menu and select Properties.
  2. Select the Location tab.
  3. In the text field type a folder path of your like. For example, C:Docs
  4. Click OK to save settings

Move Documents Folder in Windows

Now when you click on Documents shortcut in your Start Menu, C:Docs would be opened or whatever folder you typed in the step 2 of the above procedure.

Moving Documents

You can also move the Documents folder to any other folder of your choice. Basic difference between changing the target and moving the ocuments folder is that by moving you move the contents of present Documents folder too. When you change the target, the contents of present My Documents folder stay in it.

To move the Document folder, follow this process :

  1. Right-click on Documents in Start Menu and select Properties.
  2. Click on the Move button and select a folder of your choice.
  3. Click OK to save settings

Restoring the default target of Documents

If at a later time you wish to restore the default location of the Documents folder then just click on the Restore Default button in Documents properties dialog (shown in above picture).