Documents is one of the pinned shortcuts in Windows 10 and that is most likely where you will store your files. In its default configuration, Documents folder is located under each user profile folders. In some case, you may want to move the document from the location but still wants to use the shortcut. It is very possible to modify this shortcut to point to the new location. In this post we will explain How to Move Documents Folder in Windows 10.
How to Move Documents Folder in Windows 10
You can move the Documents folder in Windows 10 by following this simple step-by-steps
Step 1 – Prepare the New Document Location
The first thing to do is of course preparing the folder where we will move our documents to. In this example, we created new folder in drive D named “Docs & Work”. Feel free to use any name/location that suits your requirement. The most important thing is to note this folder full path location as we’re going to use it later.
Step 2 – Modify the Shortcut Setting
Now go to “This PC” where you can see all the shortcuts listed. Right click on Documents shortcut and select Properties.
You will be prompted whether you want to move the folder contents from the old location to the new location. In this example we select “Yes” (if you select “No”, the shortcut will still be pointing to the new location but the files will remain in the old location).
Move the Documents Folder using Registry Editor
Alternatively, you can also move the Documents folder in Windows 10 by modifying registry. However, this requires you to move all Documents content manually to the new location. It is very recommended that you move your files before performing this step.
The registry key to change Document folder path can be found in:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
Find a file named “Personal” and modify its value using the new path for the Documents location. See example below:
Now you know how to move Documents folder in Windows 10.