Access Windows 7 folders as done in XP

Posted on 2011-03-15
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I would like to customize Windows 7 professional for my users, so that they can access My Document and other folders, the same way that it is done in Windows XP. How can I do this?
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ID: 35138690
Not sure what you mean, if you mean chnage the folder structure then thats not possible
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Author Comment

ID: 35138764
The folder structure in Windows 7 is different than that of XP. Is there a way to access the My Documents folder (for example) the same way, as is done in XP?
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KCTS earned 166 total points
ID: 35138795
You cany chnage the folder structure but you can create a shortcut to documents and put it on the desktop
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Author Comment

ID: 35138864
In Windows 7, if you click on Documents (in Windows Explorer), you get 2 sub-folders named "My Documents" and "Public Documents." Saving files to the documents folder and managing them, gets a bit complex sometimes.

The Pictures, Music and Videos folders are the same way. I would like to the able to access (or save files  to) these folders in Windows 7, the same way they are accessed in Windows XP.
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sentner earned 167 total points
ID: 35139032
What you want to do is go to the actual documents folder instead of to the documents "library".  

It should be in:  c:\users\<username>\Documents  (this will display as c:\users\<username>\My Documents)

The actual folder structure hasn't changed a whole lot.  But they created the concept of libraries to better organize things and make them easier to find.  Once you get used to it it is easier to use.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
ID: 35142494
You are looking at the library Documents not the users documents where the shortcut is as shown above
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John Griffith earned 167 total points
ID: 35150711
Remove the "Public" folders from the libraries.

Expand each of the 4, RIGHT-click on "Public", "Remove location from Library"

Regards. . .

jcgriff2 MVP
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by:John Griffith
ID: 35150777
For a listing of XP, Vista, Windows 7 user profile folder names, please see "Where do I find common folders in Windows 7?"


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