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Old 09-12-2012, 07:28 PM   #1
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I have been using Windows 7 for about two years now but I am still having trouble getting my head around the concept of 'documents' and 'my documents' Could someone please explain it to me?

At the present moment I have 'documents' with folders and 'my documents' with more folders which includes another 'my documents' with even more folders. It is a mess!
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:21 PM   #2
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I think Documents is a regular folder, and My Documents is a symbolic link (a shortcut) to Documents. I'm guessing it is there so programs that look for My Documents will have a way to interact with the Documents folder.

   
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:22 AM   #3
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What Andrew says .....

It's all smoke and mirrors -- there is no reality in a computer!

   
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:09 PM   #4
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johnnyboy: At the present moment I have 'documents' with folders and 'my documents' with more folders which includes another 'my documents' with even more folders. It is a mess!
My experience with Win7 is limited--increasing everyday since I had my new system built--so I can't help you much with the distinction between Documents and My Documents and, it may do you little good now but...

I have never used the Windows/My Documents approach to managing my data files. I put my data where I want it to go--I have a separate partition just for my own data but creating a "master" folder where you put your data (create subfolders as needed) works too...

If you can get a better feel for your current organization, you could just move all your data to where you want it rather than where Windows says it's best--this will probably be a major pita but might be worth it in th end--and then delete stuff out of Documents and/or My Documents...

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Old 09-13-2012, 12:57 PM   #5
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I tend to agree with Terrie. MS keeps changing where it wants me to put my stuff, resulting in ever more complicated chains of weird immovable folders, hidden links and other nonsense.

I put all of my own stuff into a series of folders that I create, all the same on every PC, always in the same place (off the root in my case, but it doesn't really matter).

When Windows and its appspawn get too annoying about ALWAYS forcing me to the MyDocumentsOfTheWeek folder-like-thing, I put shortcuts to my REAL folders in there, making it a one-click to get to where *I* wanna go today.

   
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:08 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. Yes Microsoft certainly likes to change things. I had not thought of rebelling against them but the more I think about it the more attractive it seems.

I move locations twice a year which necessitates copying my material from one computer to another. I think that is the origin of the mess. I will get it sorted but it will take a while.
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johnnyboy: I will get it sorted but it will take a while.
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When I set up my Win 7 computer I just copied from My Documents to My Documents. And then I came to realize this is the same as Documents. And when I install software, I just let it go where it goes. It's really not so hard.

   
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I came across this which makes it a bit clearer.

http://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic...d-my-documents
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I had not thought of rebelling against them but the more I think about it the more attractive it seems.
Attractive dream but it's not a good idea to second guess Windows especially 7 & 8. It may land you in a swamp with the alligators on their way .....

   
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