Windows 7: Set Default Documents Folder Location

Windows 7: Set Default Documents Folder Location

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.

If you are currently using Windows 10, learn how to Set Default Document Folder Location


If you don't see a Documents folder under the Libraries folder, then click the small triangle next to "Libraries" in the left pane to expand the folder.

  1. Go to Windows Start > Open "Computer."
  2. Click the triangle next to "Documents."
  3. Right-click the "My Documents" folder.
  4. Click "Properties" > Select the "Location" tab.
  5. Type "H:\docs" in the bar > Click [Apply].
  6. 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.
  7. 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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