Windows 7: Set Default Documents Folder Location
On University computers running the Windows 7 operating system, documents DO NOT automatically save to your H: network drive. Instead, documents default to the C: drive, which is only stored locally (not backed up) on the computer.
If you recently upgraded to Windows 7 on-campus or whenever you receive a new University computer running Windows 7, it is imperative that you follow the following instructions to set your default documents folder to be your H: network drive. Failure to do so could lead to you being unable to access saved files from another computer or losing data if your University computer malfunctions.
- Go to Windows Start > Open "Computer."
- Click the small triangle next to "Libraries" in the left pane to expand the folder.
- Click the triangle next to "Documents."
- Right-click the "My Documents" folder.
- Click "Properties" > Select the "Location" tab.
- Type "H:\docs" in the bar > Click [Apply].
- 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.
- 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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