How can I move the Documents folder in Windows?

Kirk Messinger March 21, 2012

I want to save storage space on the C: drive by moving the All Documents folder to my D: drive and for Windows (XP and 7) to place future content there. How can I do that?

  1. Sonny Bass
    March 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    My Documents, Downloads, My Music, My Pictures,My Videos,Saved Games are easily moved. From start menu click your user folder,on each of the above mentioned folders right click,chose properties,click location tab,delete all or part of the location and fill in desired location such as "D:/My Documents", Click Apply Windows will tell you the folder does not exist,would you like to create it. click yes. You will then be asked if you would like to move all contents of the folder to new location, click yes.
       The desktop folder is not movable. Works on all versions of 7

  2. lemonthirst
    March 22, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Hello! You could try Profile relocator i personnaly use it for a year or on vista xp and 7. It is quite simple to use.

  3. Chris Hoffman
    March 22, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Here's Microsoft's official documentation on the subject for Windows 7: 

    And for Windows XP:

  4. ha14
    March 21, 2012 at 8:33 am

    All Documents folder is a part of Windows Special folders so you have to be careful not to alter junction links in a way you confuse Windows. You can see if the below soft can help you.

    Special Folder Manager (Save Me):


  5. Karkala Nayak
    March 21, 2012 at 6:08 am


    You can check the Microsoft support website for instructions for XP
    here is the link 

    also this website has an article regarding changing the location path of "My Documents" in XP 

    For windows 7 you can check this article