Settings - Moving My Documents (XP)

Moving the My Documents Folder

There could be many reasons for moving your My Documents folder. You may want to keep the folder safe by storing it on a seperate drive and free up space on your system drive. Perhaps you want to have it located in a directory with other personal files so that you can back it up easily. Whatever the reasons are, it is still a simple proceedure with Windows XP.

 Follow these easy steps to change the location of the My Documents folder and repeat for each User Account.

1)   Click on the Start button and then right click on My Documents

Click on the Start button, and then right click on My Documents
Click on the Start button, and then right click on My Documents

2)   Click on Properties in the menu that pops up.  This will open the My Documents Properties window.

3)   In the Target tab of the My Documants Properties window, click on the Move button.

Click on the Move button in the My documents Properties window
Click on the Move button in the My documents Properties window

4)   Navigate in the Select a destination to the drive to which you wish to move the My Documents folder.

Navigate to where you wish to place the My Documents folder
Navigate to where you wish to place the My Documents folder

5) Click on the drive and then click on the Make New Folder button and name it My Documents. (I've done so already in the above screen shot.  If you have more than one user name, make sure to indicat that by adding the user name to the end of the folder name, such as, My Documents - Brett

6) Click on the OK button in the Select a Destination Window.

7) Click on the OK button in the My Documents Properties window.

Click on yes when it asks if you want to move your documents to the new folder
Click on yes when it asks if you want to move your documents to the new folder

8)   When the Move Documents window pops up, click on yes if you'd like to move your documents to the new location.

It may take a while to transfer your documents to the new folder location, but when it's done, you are all set!

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