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Documents folder customization in windows 7

Is there a way to customize the Documents folder in Windows 7 so that it is just like the Documents folder in Windows XP or Vista? I want to be able to just click on Documents folder and see all the files and folders that I directly copy or save into it. Currently, when I click on Documents folder, it shows me "My Documents" folder (I have removed the Public Folder from there). The annoying thing is that some old files show-up directly inside Documents folder, but outside "My Documents" folder.
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ShareefHuddleCommented:
Do you mean like My Pictures, Videos, Downloads, etc..?
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bobox00Author Commented:
Nope, only talking about Documents (and "My Documents").
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you place your own folder on the desktop (Personalize -> Desktop Icons), double click on your own folder, you will see part way down the left Libraries, and in Libraries you see Documents and inside Documents are all the main folders including My Documents where all your stuff is.

Libraries changes the view of things and supercedes My Documents of the XP era. It is just one of those differences of Windows 7. You quickly get used to it (at least I have).  The organization inside My Document is the same as it always was. ... Thinkpads_User
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johnb6767Commented:
I hate to say it, but I cant see what you are seeing.....

When I navigate to c:\Users\John\, I have My Documents. Really, the folder path is C:\Users\John\Documents, but it is the Shell Folder "Personal", so it displays it a bit differently.

If I am in Computer, and click on Documents on the left pane, I get the same data, but the path is "Libraries\Documents".

So mine do behave like XP.... Unless I navigate through the Libraries intentionally.....

Can you post a screenshot to further explain what EXACTLY you are seeing?
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bobox00Author Commented:
'If I am in Computer, and click on Documents on the left pane, I get the same data, but the path is "Libraries\Documents".'

I would like to avoid seeing "Libraries\Documents" and instead just see "My Documents" like in Windows XP:)
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johnb6767Commented:
You would have to disable the Libraries feature then. TBH, im not sure if you can...
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johnb6767Commented:
Disable the New Libraries Feature on Windows 7
http://lifehacker.com/5354879/disable-the-new-libraries-feature-on-windows-7

Never tried it, not sure it will be the results you need though... Make backups of anything changed....
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
When you click around on things in Libraries, the context changes here and there. Sometimes I see My Documents inside Libraries and sometimes I see Documents which are My Documents and have the contents of My Documents.

Rather than try to turn Windows 7 into XP (I did do that with Vista), you will have an easier time of it overall if you just adapt to Windows 7. I have zero difficulties with Windows 7 after I learned it.

... Thinkpads_User
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bobox00Author Commented:
I am yet to implement this solution
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