Windows 7 Special folders

Posted on 2011-04-20
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
So far I hate windows 7.

I like to create a custom environment... don't like to use My Music folders and such.  So for music and photos and documents I went to the library and added the folder I wanted to use, moved it to the top of the list and made it default.  But the Downloads folder under Favorites in windows explorer doesn't work the same way... it isn't a library - it is just a shortcut.  So I changed the target to the folder I want to use as my downloads folder.  But If I save things from the web the default location being selected is still C:\Users\UserName\Downloads... which is NOT what I want.  Nor do I want to change every app to point somewhere new.  I want windows 7 to select my designated path as the default "downloads" location.  Any suggestions?
Question by:santaspores1
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    If you have correctly changed the location of the Downloads folder, then the files should actually be stored in your new location.  I've done this with my laptop and all the download files go to the Downloads folder on F:, not C: and the C:\Users\username\Downloads is merely a shortcut to F:\Users\username\Downloads.  I don't have it with me to confirm whether Windows' Favorites shows the shortcut location though.

    Give it some time and you'll love it :)

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    If I go to windows explorer and right click Downloads (which is shown under favorites) It shows that it is a shortcut pointing to C:\Data\Downloads (the folder I WANT to use).

    If I then open either of my two browsers and attempt to save something, the default location is still MyUserName\Downloads... which is actually C:\Users\MyUserName\Download.  To get to the file I have to navigate to  C:\Users\MyUserName\Download.

    So the shortcut under favorites is merely that... it is originally a shortcut to the folder that Windows 7 wants you to use for downloads.  Now my shortcut points to the folder that I want to use for downloads... but nothing is getting stored there because I don't know how to configure Windows 7 to recognize my folder as the default folder for downloads.

    That was a very wordy explanation - sorry.  I just hate all this shortcut and junction crap.

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    Ok, so (in a VM) I just opened up C:\Users\Username and changed the Downloads Location tab to C:\Data\Downloads.  
    The Downloads folder has disappeared from the C:\Users\Username folder (so at home, I must have created a shortcut called Downloads in C:\Users\Username, pointing to my new download location, so it still "felt" like it was there).  
    When I click on the Downloads link in Favorites, it takes me to C:\Data\Downloads.  
    I then went to a site to download a file, chose Save, and the default location to save my download is C:\Data\Downloads.
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    santaspores1--On my Win7 PC the Downloads file is not under Favorites but an independent folder in C:\Users|UserName.
    When I download something using right click|Save As, a window opens offering me the choice of location where to download.  This window usually first offers the location to which I last made a download, but I can change it.
    If I just click Download from the website, it goes to the Downloads folder by default.  However I can change the default download location

    Author Closing Comment

    That worked - I didn't realize that I could change the "location" of the users\downloads folder.  You always seem to have great answers!
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    Thanks :)  Glad it worked for you!

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