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 (such as Documents and Pictures ) by redirecting them. For example, if you have a large number of files in the My Documents folder , you may want to store the 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 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, then type the command below shell, corresponding to the directory, into the address bar and press Enter to open the 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
Enter the shell command corresponding to the directory

Step 2:

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

Step 3:

Click the Location tab and hit the Restore Default button .

Click the Location tab and hit the Restore Default button

Step 4:

Click OK.

Click OK

Step 5:

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

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.

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

Step 7:

After a while, 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 ( Videos ) below, depending on which individual folder you need to restore to the default location.

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

3. To restore the default location of the personal folder ” Contacts “, download the Restore_Contacts_Default_Location.bat file and go to step 14 below.

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

5. To restore the default location of the personal folder ” Documents “, download the Restore_Documents_Default_Location.bat file and go to step 14 below.

6. To restore the default location of personal folder ” 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 go to step 14 below.

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

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

10. To restore the default location of personal folder ” Pictures “, download the file

Restore_Pictures_Default_Location.bat and skip to step 14 below.

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

12. To restore the default location of the personal folder ” Searches “, download the Restore_Searches_Default_Location.bat file and go 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.

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 default restored 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.

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