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How to Move the Searches Folder in Windows 10

Windows 10 stores your Searches folder in your user profile. In most cases, its path is something like C:\Users\SomeUser\Searches. You can open it quickly by typing %userprofile%\Searches 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 Searches folder. For example, you can enter "%userprofile%\Searches" in File Explorer's address bar as mentioned above. Or you can open This PC and find the Searches 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 Searches 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 Searches 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 on the keyboard. You user profile folder will be opened.
    User Profile Folder OpenedSee the Searches folder.
  4. Right click the Searches folder and select Properties.Windows 10 Searches Folder Properties
  5. In Properties, go to the Location tab, and click on the Move button.Windows 10 Change Searches Folder Location
  6. In the folder browse dialog, select the new folder you want to store your Searches.Select New Destination For The User Folder
  7. Click on the OK button to make the change.Windows 10 Change Searches Folder Location
  8. When prompted, click on Yes to move all your files from the old location to the new folder.Windows 10 Move Searches Folder

This way, you can change the location of your Searches 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 Searches.

If you reinstall Windows 10, your custom Searches 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 Searches 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.

2 thoughts on “How to Move the Searches Folder in Windows 10”

  1. I accidently deleted the searches and contacts folder. Will this cause problems? Is there any way i can put them back?

    1. You can copy them from the c:\users\default folder.
      Everything should work fine without these folders though.

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