Redirect a folder to a new location


You can change the location of the folders in your personal folder (such as My Documents and My Pictures) by redirecting them. For example, if you have a large number of files in your My Documents folder, you might want to store the files on a different hard drive or on a network to free up space on your primary hard drive.

When you redirect a folder to a new location, you change where the folder, as well as the files in the folder, are stored. However, you'll still be able to access the folder the same way you did before you redirected it.

Tip

  • Instead of redirecting a folder, you might want to consider including a folder in one of your libraries. For example, if you have a large number of pictures, you can store those pictures in a location other than your primary hard drive, then include that location in your Pictures library. For more information, see Include folders in a library.

Picture of the Location tab
The Location tab in the Properties dialog of a folder

To redirect a folder to a new location

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then click your user name.
  2. Right-click the folder that you want to redirect, and then click Properties.

  3. Click the Location tab, and then click Move.

  4. Browse to the location where you want to redirect this folder. You can select another location on this computer, another drive attached to this computer, or another computer on the network. To find a network location, type two backslashes (\\) into the address bar followed by the name of the location where you want to redirect the folder (for example, \\mylaptop), and then press Enter.

  5. Click the folder where you want to store the files, click Select Folder, and then click OK.

  6. In the dialog that appears, click Yes to move all the files to the new location.

To restore a folder to its original location

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then click your user name.
  2. Right-click the folder that you previously redirected and want to restore to its original location, and then click Properties.

  3. Click the Location tab, click Restore Default, and then click OK.

  4. Click Yes to recreate the original folder, and then click Yes again to move all the files back to the original folder.

Note

  • If you don't see the Location tab in a folder's Properties dialog, then the folder can't be redirected. If you see the Location tab but can't edit the folder path, then you don't have permission to redirect the folder. For more information about permissions, see What are permissions?



Need more help?