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Windows 7: Naming Convention under Windows Explorer

14 May 2011   #11

Windows 7 64 bit SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post
Mystere, why do you think I need anyone to tell me where my documents are? Do you really think I don't know where I put my stuff?
Many, many, many people actually do NOT know where they store their documents. Really.

But, be that as it may, Windows is a multi-user OS. And the purpose of the "my" is to differentiate between other document foldres, so you can easily see which ones are Yours, which are public, which are Joe's, or Sue's or Phil's, or whoever else may share your computer.

Do you really think Windows should assume that YOU are the only one that uses it? That would truly be ridiculous.

There is no need to be self-rightious because the OS has to assume that more than one person might use it, and that some of those people may not be as computer literate as you are.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post
What I find ridiculous, is that it's relatively hard to move this location around and then even if you manage to move it, then lots of programs will still write stuff to "My Documents" in its original location simply because the programmers use the explicit path in their code!
I didn't need any help whatsoever to figure out how to move the documents folder. I just right clicked on it and chose properties and changed the location. It was in exactly the place that one would assume it would be. If you find that "hard" then maybe the OS should be talking down to you.

I find it quite humorous that in one paragraph you're up in arms because the OS is holding your hand, and in another you complain that it's not holding your hand enough. In other words, the OS should be psychic and magically know what you know, and should never assume you don't know something you don't, but if you don't know it then it should assume you don't know it.

That's pretty ridiculous Then again, I don't let myself get bent out of shape over inanimate objects.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post
In addition, I do find the name "My Documents" for the default location of user files rather strange. Clearly, not every file I place on my computer is actually a document. From Wikipedia :

"A document is a work of non-fiction writing intended to store and communicate information, thus acting as a recording. Documents are often the focus and concern of business administration and government administration."
Now you're just being nit picky. The term "document" has many meanings. From the Wikipedia article you reference (but somehow missed):

"The term document may be applied to any discrete representation of meaning, but usually it refers to something physical like one or more printed pages, or to a "virtual" document in electronic (digital) format."

Also, from the dictionary:

Document | Define Document at

1. a written or printed paper furnishing information or evidence, as a passport, deed, bill of sale, or bill of lading; a legal or official paper.

2. any written item, as a book, article, or letter, especially of a factual or informative nature.

3. a computer data file.

Note that #3 refers to what we're talking about.

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14 May 2011   #12

Windows 7 Profesional 64 Bit

Ah hey guru guys isn't HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders like where that stuff is and he can rename move whatever if he first uses regedit to change and any installer worth it's beans would then just use whatever he changed them to.

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