Windows 7: Set Default Documents Folder Location


On computers running the new Windows 7 operating system, documents DO NOT automatically save to your H: drive. Instead they save to the C: drive, which is only on that local machine. If you are using Windows 7 or considering using Windows 7, it is imperative that you follow the following instructions to set your default Documents folder to be your H: drive. Failure to do so could lead to you being unable to access saved files on another computer.

  1. Go to Windows Start > Open "Computer."
  2. Click the small triangle next to "Libraries" in the left pane to expand the folder.
  3. Click the triangle next to "Documents."
  4. Right-click the "My Documents" folder.
  5. Click "Properties" > Select the "Location" tab.
  6. Type "H:\docs" in the bar > Click [Apply].
  7. A message box may ask you if you want to move the contents of the folder to the new folder. Click [No]. If you have files saved on your C: drive, you can move those manually.
  8. All files will now default save to your H: drive.


This setting is machine specific. For faculty and staff, that means you only have to perform this once on your work machine. For students, this means that each time you log on to a new Windows 7 computer, you will have to change this setting unless another user has already done so.

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