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Windows 7: Documents/My Documents

20 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Documents/My Documents

Have just updated to Windows 7 and find when saving documents a copy is saved in Documents and another copy in My Documents. Just want to save them in My Documents and cant figure it out.

Hoping someone can help - thanks

pamay


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20 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Backtrack 4 R2
 
 

The file is not another copy of the document you are saving. The folder is named differently depending on how you get there, either by going :

start > documents. (this is going through the libraries folder to get to your documents)

or

start > *your username* > my documents. (this way goes through your user profile)

When you are saving a file to "Documents" or My "Documents" you are saving it to the same place.

I hope i'm making some form of sense

Let me know.
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20 Mar 2011   #3

 
 

I think what Clinkz is trying to say is that one of the "copies" of the document is the actual document, and the other "copy" is really, essentially, just a shortcut to the document.
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20 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 Backtrack 4 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Imperfect1 View Post
I think what Clinkz is trying to say is that one of the "copies" of the document is the actual document, and the other "copy" is really, essentially, just a shortcut to the document.
Yeah...that!
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20 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Are you looking under Libraries or in C:\Users\<your user name>\Documents ?
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20 Mar 2011   #6

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The MyDocuments folder is known as a junction point. It is a special shortcut built in to the NTFS file system. It is used so that old programs which might have a hard coded path to Documents continue to work.
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20 Mar 2011   #7
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In the Libraries folders on the left-hand Explorer bar, the default folders included under Documents are My Documents and Public Documents, then any other folders (for example on another HD) which you rightclick>Add to Library.

In order to avoid confusion when dragging and dropping, I rightclick>Remove from Libraries all of the Public folders (Docs, Pics, etc) so that nothing is accidentally derailed into the Public folder.

However if you have a home network you may want public folders active so you can deliberately share something with other users on the network by placing those fiiles in the Public folder for that category, or not.
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20 Mar 2011   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

So if I want to point to a path, I use Documents/My Documents/such&such.docx.

Where is the real document - in Documents or My Documents?

I think I understand, just want to be able to point to the correct path.

Thanks for your replies

pamay
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20 Mar 2011   #9

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The real folder is Documents.
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