Windows 10 stores your Pictures folder in your user profile. In most cases, its path is something like C:\Users\SomeUser\Pictures. You can open it quickly by typing %userprofile%\Pictures in File Explorer's address bar. Let's see how to move this folder to another location.
There are several ways to access your Pictures folder. For example, you can enter "%userprofile%\Pictures" in File Explorer's address bar as mentioned above. Or you can open This PC and find the Pictures 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 Pictures 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 Pictures folder in Windows 10, do the following.
- Open File Explorer
- Type or copy-paste the following in the address bar: %userprofile%
- Press the Enter key on the keyboard. You user profile folder will be opened.
See the Pictures folder.
- Right click the Pictures folder and select Properties.
- In Properties, go to the Location tab, and click on the Move button.
- In the folder browse dialog, select the new folder you want to store your Pictures.
- Click on the OK button to make the change.
- When prompted, click on Yes to move all your files from the old location to the new folder.
This way, you can change the location of your Pictures 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 Pictures.
If you reinstall Windows 10, your custom Pictures 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 Pictures folder, Windows will use the new location that you set.
Here is the full set of articles on how to move your user folders:
- How to Move the Desktop Folder in Windows 10
- How to Move the Documents Folder in Windows 10
- How to Move the Downloads Folder in Windows 10
- How to Move the Music Folder in Windows 10
- How to Move the Pictures Folder in Windows 10
- How to Move the Searches Folder in Windows 10
- How to Move the Videos Folder in Windows 10
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