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How to Move the Documents Folder in Windows 10

Windows 10 stores your Documents folder in your user profile. In most cases, its path is something like C:\Users\SomeUser\Documents. You can open it quickly by typing %userprofile%\Documents in File Explorer's address bar. Let's see how to move this folder to another location.

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There are several ways to access your Documents folder. For example, you can enter "%userprofile%\Documents" in File Explorer's address bar as mentioned above. Or you can open This PC and find the Documents folder there. In this article, I will use the path with the %userprofile% environment variable as a reference.

You might want to change the default location of the Documents folder in order to save space on the partition where your operating system is installed (your C: drive). Here is how it can be done.

To move the Documents folder in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open File Explorer
  2. Type or copy-paste the following in the address bar: %userprofile%Enter Userprofile In The Address Bar
  3. Press the enter key. Your user profile folder will be opened. User Profile Folder OpenedSee the Documents folder.
  4. Right click the Documents folder and select Properties.Documents Properties Context Menu
  5. In Properties, go to the Location tab, and click on the Move button.Documents Folder Location Tab
  6. In the folder browse dialog, select the new folder you want to store your Documents.Select New Destination For The User Folder
  7. Click on the OK button to make the change.Documents Folder Change Location
  8. When prompted, click on Yes to move all your files from the old location to the new folder.Windows 10 Move Documents Folder

This way, you can change the location of your Documents folder to another folder, or to a folder on a different disk drive, or even to a mapped network drive. This will allow you to save space on the system drive, which can be particularly useful for users who keep large files in Documents.

If you reinstall Windows 10, your custom Documents folder stored on a different drive won't disappear with all your data if you accidentally format your system partition. The next time you save a file to the Documents folder, Windows will use the new location that you set.

Here is the full set of articles on how to move your user folders:

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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