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How to restore the default location of personal folders on Windows 10

How to restore the default location of personal folders on Windows 10

You can change the location of individual folders (for example Documents and Pictures) by redirecting them. For example, if you have a large number of files in your directory My DocumentsYou may want to store files on another hard drive or on the network to free up space on the primary hard drive.

When you redirect a folder to a new location, you change where the folder is stored, as well as the files in the folder. However, you can still access the folder the same way you did before you redirected it.

This guide will show you how to restore personal folders back to the default location in C: \ Users \ (user-name) on Windows 10.

Restore the default location of individual folders in Properties

Step 1:

Open File Explorer, copy and paste:

shell: UsersFilesFolder

... go to the address bar and press

Enter
.

Note: If you don't see the folder here, type the command shell below, corresponding to the directory, into the address bar and press

Enter
to open a folder, no matter where it is located.

Personal Directory Shell command 3D Objects shell: 3D Objects Contacts shell: Contacts Desktop shell: Desktop Documents shell: Personal Downloads shell: Downloads Favorites shell: Favorites Links shell: Links Music shell: My Music Pictures shell: My Pictures Saved Games shell: SavedGames Searches shell: Searches Videos shell: My Video How to restore the default location of personal folders on Windows 10 Enter the shell command corresponding to the directory

Step 2:

Right click or press and hold on personal folder (for example: Pictures) you want to restore the default location.

Step 3:

Click the tab Location and press the button Restore Default.

How to restore the default location of personal folders on Windows 10 Click the Location tab and hit the Restore Default button

Step 4:

Click OK.

How to restore the default location of personal folders on Windows 10 Click OK

Step 5:

If prompted to create a folder in the default location, click Yes.

How to restore the default location of personal folders on Windows 10 If prompted to create a folder in the default location, click Yes

Step 6:

When prompted to move all files from the old location to the new default location, click Yes.

How to restore the default location of personal folders on Windows 10 When prompted to move all files from the old location to the new default location, click Yes

Step 7:

After a moment, the folder's properties will automatically close when successfully moved.

Restore default location of personal folders with BAT file

1. Do step 2 (3D Objects), Step 3 (Contacts), Step 4 (Desktop), step 5 (Documents), step 6 (Downloads), step 7 (Favorites), step 8 (Links), step 9 (Music), step 10 (Pictures), step 11 (Saved Games), step 12 (Searches) or step 13 (Videosbelow, depending on which personal folder you need to restore the default location.

2. To restore the default location of personal folders "3D Objects", download the file Restore_3D-Objects_Default_Location.bat and go to step 14 below.

3. To restore the default location of personal folders "Contacts", download the file Restore_Contacts_Default_Location.bat and skip to step 14 below.

4. To restore the default location of personal folders "Desktop", download the file Restore_Desktop_Default_Location.bat and go to step 14 below.

5. To restore the default location of personal folders "Documents", download the Restore_Documents_Default_Location.bat file and skip to step 14 below.

6. To restore the default location of personal folders "Downloads", Download the file

Restore_Downloads_Default_Location.bat and go to step 14 below.

7. To restore the default location of personal folders "Favorites", download the file Restore_Favorites_Default_Location.bat and skip to step 14 below.

8. To restore the default location of personal folders "Links", download the file Restore_Links_Default_Location.bat and go to step 14 below.

9. To restore the default location of personal folders "Music", download the file Restore_Music_Default_Location.bat and go to step 14 below.

10. To restore the default location of personal folders "Pictures", download the file

Restore_Pictures_Default_Location.bat and skip to step 14 below.

11. To restore the default location of personal folders "Saved Games", download the file Restore_Saved_Games_Default_Location.bat and go to step 14 below.

12. To restore the default location of personal folders "Searches", download the file Restore_Searches_Default_Location.bat and skip to step 14 below.

13. To restore the default location of personal folders "Videos", download the file

Restore_Videos_Default_Location.bat and skip to step 14 below.

14. Save the .bat file to the desktop.

15. Unblock and run the .bat file.

16. Now, you should see the temporary screen turn black when a Command Prompt opens and closes, at the time Explorer is restarted to apply registry changes.

How to restore the default location of personal folders on Windows 10 You should see the screen temporarily turn black when a Command Prompt opens and closes

17. Copy any files you want from the current folder location to the restored default folder location.

18. If you want, you can delete the old folder (not the default restored).

19. When done, you can delete the downloaded .bat file (s) if desired.