Windows 10: Set Default Document Folder Location

Windows 10: Set Default Document Folder Location

Windows 10: Set Default Document Folder Location


On University computers running the Windows 10 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.

Whenever you receive a new University computer running Windows 10, 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.

  1. Click the [Windows] button > choose "File Explorer."
  2. From the left side panel, right-click "Documents" > choose "Properties."
  3. Under the "Location" tab > type "H:\Docs"
  4. Click [Apply] > Click [No] when prompted to automatically move all files to the new location > Click [OK].
  5. If you believe you have documents saved in C:\Docs, you can go to that location and manually copy the files to your H:\ drive.


This setting is machine-specific. For faculty and staff, that means you only have to perform this once on your office computer. For students, this means that each time you log on to a new Windows 10 University computer, you will have to change this setting unless another user has already done so.

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