How to Move or Restore Default Location of Personal Folders in Windows 11 or 10?

If your Windows installation drive is running out of storage and you want to shift your personal folders to another location or have already transferred your folder to another drive, and now you want to restore it to its original place, in that case, this growupwindows article will guide you.

Using the built-in options of Windows 11/10, you can move the default location of personal folders (such as Desktop, Pictures, Downloads, Documents, etc.) to a new destination. That means installing third-party software on your PC doesn’t need to do this job.

Similarly, you can restore the personal folders to their original location without using third-party software. In this post, you will learn how to move your personal folders to a new place and how to restore personal folders to their original location.

When you change the default location, the folder and its content will be moved to the new place, but you can still access them as you did before.

How to Move Default Location of Personal Folders in Windows 11 or 10?

As mentioned above, when you move the default location of personal folders in Windows 11/10, it will transfer its contents also to your new desired location. However, you can still access them as you were doing before.

If you are running out of storage or due for some reason, you want to vacate Windows 11/10 installation drive, use these steps:-

Step 1. First, open the Run command box using Windows + R hotkey.

Step 2. In the Run box, type the following and hit the Enter key on the keyboard to view all personal folders:-

shell:UsersFilesFolder

Step 3. Then, select a folder by clicking on it that you want to move to a new location. For instance, we want to move the Documents folder to a new path.

Step 4. Next, right-click on the selected folder and select the Properties option in the context menu.

Step 5. On the Properties window, switch to the Location tab and hit the Move button.

Step 6. When File Explorer opens, select the new destination folder and click the Select Folder button.

Step 7. Then, click Apply in the Properties window.

Step 8. In the Move Folder dialog, click the Yes button to move all files to a new folder.

Step 9. Finally, click the OK button to exit from the Properties window.

That’s it.

Your select personal folder and its contents have been moved to a new location. But, you can still access your documents from the old spot.

How to Restore Default Location of Personal Folders in Windows 11 or 10?

As stated earlier, moving the default location of personal folders in Windows 11/10 will transfer its contents also to your new desired location. However, you can still access them as you were doing before.

If you are running out of storage or due to some reason, you had transferred personal folder items to a new location, and now you want to restore them to their original place, use these steps:-

Step 1. First, launch the Run command box using Windows + R shortcut keys.

Step 2. In the Run box, type the following and hit Enter key on the keyboard to view all personal folders items:-

shell:UsersFilesFolder

Step 3. Afterward, select the folder you want to restore to its original location. For instance, we had earlier moved the Documents folder to a new path, and now I want to restore it to its original location.

Step 4. Right-click on the selected folder and select the Properties option in the menu.

Step 5. On the Properties window, switch to the Location tab and click the Restore Default button.

Step 6. Click the Apply button.

Step 7. Click Yes button in the “Create Folder” dialog.

Step 8. In the forthcoming window, select Yes.

Step 9. Finally, click the OK button to exit from the Properties window.

That’s it.

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