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Windows 7: Why User folder shows My Documents but folder location is Documents?

26 Jul 2014   #1
pcwin

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
Why User folder shows My Documents but folder location is Documents?

Q1. When I look at the folders in C:\Users\User-Name , I can see a [My Documents] folder. I double click on [My Documents] and the location now is C:\Users\User-Name\Documents , why is the folder name different from the exact folder location? (I notice all other folders that have the word "My" has the same situation)

Q2. If I want to move the My Documents to another drive D:, I should create a new folder in D: as [Documents] (without the word "My") or should I create a new folder [My Documents]?

Q3. I intend to follow this article User Folders - Change Default Location to move My Documents folder, in the article it says
"OPTION TWO 3. Create a New Folder by right clicking or press and hold on a empty space in the main window there, and click/tap on New and Folder. Name the new folder without spaces (ex: "Music" for My Music) for the user folder that you want to move there. (See screenshots below) NOTE: The name that you type in for the new folder will be what you see as the user folder name in the Start Menu (shell:UsersFilesFolder) location when finished with all of these steps. It would be best to use the same name as the user folder to avoid confusion."
and
"OPTION TWO 8. Navigate to the same location as in step 2 and 3 above, then select the renamed new folder (ex: Music), and click/tap on the Select Folder button. (See screenshot below)"

Is the second screenshot at OPTION TWO 3. and screenshot at OPTION TWO 8. wrong? The screenshot shows [My Music] folder, the text says Music?


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26 Jul 2014   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello pcwin,

The user folders that have "My" in the name are not actually named with the "My".

These are symbolic links, so when you name the folder "Documents", it will automatically rename and display as "My Documents", but in reality is still "Documents".

It can be a bit confusing.
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26 Jul 2014   #3
pcwin

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks Brink,

So I should create a new folder named [Documents] during OPTION TWO 3.?

Are the second screenshot at OPTION TWO 3. and screenshot OPTION TWO 8. wrong?, should these screenshot show [Music]?
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26 Jul 2014   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Personally I would use a slightly different name as the target folder
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26 Jul 2014   #5
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pcwin View Post
Thanks Brink,

So I should create a new folder named [Documents] during OPTION TWO 3.?

Are the second screenshot at OPTION TWO 3. and screenshot OPTION TWO 8. wrong?, should these screenshot show [Music]?
Yes, follow the steps exactly.

The screenshot is correct. You will see the folder you name "Documents" automatically change to "My Documents".
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26 Jul 2014   #6
pcwin

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pcwin View Post
Thanks Brink,

So I should create a new folder named [Documents] during OPTION TWO 3.?

Are the second screenshot at OPTION TWO 3. and screenshot OPTION TWO 8. wrong?, should these screenshot show [Music]?
Yes, follow the steps exactly.

The screenshot is correct. You will see the folder you name "Documents" automatically change to "My Documents".
OPTION TWO Step 3 text says name the new folder as "Music", I thought OPTION TWO Step 3. and OPTION TWO Step 8 screenshot should show [Music] instead of [My Music]? The Music folder is just a normal new folder that is created in another drive before any move occurs, I do not understand why if you name a folder [Music] and the folder would become [My Music] in Step 3 and Step 8 screenshots? I have tried and that does not happen, could you please explain in detail?

If I understand correctly, the move is only completed at OPTION TWO Step 10 and only OPTION TWO Step 13 screenshot should show [My Music]

Thanks.
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26 Jul 2014   #7
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

When you are finish the tutorial, the folder will be "My Music". Don't worry about the screenshot showing "My Music" already.
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26 Jul 2014   #8
pcwin

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
When you are finish the tutorial, the folder will be "My Music". Don't worry about the screenshot showing "My Music" already.
So can you please confirm that the conclusion is that the second screenshot in OPTION TWO Step 3. and screenshot OPTION TWO Step 8. are wrong, the screenshots should show [Music] instead [My Music]?

Sorry to keep asking the same questions. I am a newbie and I follow exactly each step slowly and follow each screenshot to avoid doing any wrong stuff which may cause more trouble in future. Your screenshots are very helpful to me and I usually double confirm with the screenshots before clicking anything. I always follow your tutorials without any problems but I am confused by this particular tutorial since the text and screenshot are different. It may be a simple stuff for an expert but to a newbie it is confusing especially if the same step shows different screenshot and text and I do not know which one to follow.

Thanks.
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26 Jul 2014   #9
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

The screenshots are not wrong, but can vary for what you will actually see.

Sometimes it will auto rename from say "Music" to "My Music" if the folder was just missing.

Otherwise it will not auto rename until you finished the tutorial.

As long as you follow the steps exactly, you will be fine.
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27 Jul 2014   #10
pcwin

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

If I have followed the steps correctly, at the new location (the top horizontal address bar) should show [D:\Documents], and the name that is displayed on the folder should show [My Documents] correct?
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