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I'm confused about the 'My Documents' in Windows 8.

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    I'm confused about the 'My Documents' in Windows 8.


    I'm coming from Windows XP where there was one single 'My Documents'-folder where I stored all my stuff.

    Now I just got Windows 8 and I'm a bit confused...
    I would like to have all my sub-folders (which I like to name Images, Audio, Video and so on), in one single main-folder.

    But which folder should I use for that?
    In windows 8 there are various candidate folders like for example:
    -Libraries
    -Documents
    -"Username"
    Then within "Username" there is a folder called 'My Documents' but the folders called 'My music' and 'My pictures' etc are not within it.

    I think this all is a bit confusing.

    To clarify what I want to accomplish it is this:
    A main folder called 'My Documents'
    Within it I want folders named:
    'Images'
    'Video'
    'Text'
    ...and so on. But then I don't want the other 'My Pictures' or 'My Music' etc. since they would be redundant.

    What is the best way to accomplish this?

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    Win 8 (64) : Win 7 (64) : Vista (64) : Android JB 4.2 : iOS 6


    Everyone had the same issue. But if you want your Win 8 to look like XP or Win 7 where you can easily see My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, etc. folders, start by installing Classic Shell. Google it up. It's free. It will bring back the start menu for easier access on your folders.
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    I don't think that is his problem?

    In the folder options, choose these and see if it suits you:
    1- Don't show hidden files---etc
    2- Hide protected Operating system

    This will limit your view to your user folders. You can then create the folders you mention, and copy your contents into them, if you wish.
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    Windows 8


    Already got Classic shell installed which is great but irrelevant to my question.

    Hiding stuff is not what I want either since I like to see everything.
    I just want stuff to be where I would like it to be.
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    Welcome to EightForums, whitek.

    Wow! XP to 8 would be quite a shock on Libraries if one didn't experience the changes through Vista and 7. Even more complicated in 8 with Modern apps using folders.

    Quite honestly I'm not that savvy enough to know if what you're trying to accomplish is possible. I'll have to investigate further. Perhaps someone else will come along that may know.

    Either way, hang in there!
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    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Welcome to EightForums, whitek.

    Wow! XP to 8 would be quite a shock on Libraries if one didn't experience the changes through Vista and 7. Even more complicated in 8 with Modern apps using folders.

    Quite honestly I'm not that savvy enough to know if what you're trying to accomplish is possible. I'll have to investigate further. Perhaps someone else will come along that may know.

    Either way, hang in there!
    Thank's for the encouragement!
    Yup, let's hope someone is savvy enough to solve it.
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    Win 8 (64) : Win 7 (64) : Vista (64) : Android JB 4.2 : iOS 6


    Quote Originally Posted by whitek View Post
    Already got Classic shell installed which is great but irrelevant to my question.

    Hiding stuff is not what I want either since I like to see everything.
    I just want stuff to be where I would like it to be.
    Basically, all folders should be within "Libraries"

    "Username" is when you have more than one user on your PC.

    There would be no redundancy if you just use the default "My Music" , "My Pictures" folders. What you need to do is to create your own subfolder under those default folders (ex. My Music>>>"Whitek").. it's quicker to navigate that way. And that's where each file type should be. You don't have to manually point your media application from which folder to play or open the files from. Media applications are programmed to open files from those default folders.

    Cheers!

    And BTW, welcome to 8F!
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    Like it or not Library's is what you use for this, there are many good reason's for this but they would be difficult to explain to someone coming from XP. It all becomes more obvious if you are setting up a secure network with drive shares etc.

    It's easy enough to figure out how the file system works if you start from square one, the link below makes it easy.

    I'm not sure what classic shell does to your system but I imagine that Library's would still function.


    You can easily create a new Library and name it what ever you want, you can also assign a special icon to this new Library for easier reference.

    Library - Create New Library in Windows 8
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    Win 8 64-bit


    In XP 'My Documents' was stored somewhere like C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\My Documents\. Therefore, the equivelent would be C:\Users\USERNAME\.

    However, if you don't want to use the pre-made folders (especially as programs put their own clutter in the 'My Documents' folder for example), I can't think of a reason why you couldn't create a new folder in C:\Users\USERNAME\, name it something like 'Whitek's Folder' and keep your files there. Although, as someone else mentioned you need to keep in mind that some programs may still try to open/save from the default folder locations as their default setting.

    Personally, I don't use any of the user folders/libraries as I keep my files on a second drive and if I didn't have a second drive, I'd create a partition and store them there. But I'm quite obsessive with my files, so I don't think that's 'the norm' and looking how disorganised some people are with their files, it's probably better for them to just use the default folders.

    ETA: Looking at the above post, it seems there are some uses for Libraries afterall, but I can't comment on that as I don't use them.
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    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    For what you want to do look at C:/users/(name)/My Documents. In order to be compatible with some programs the My Documents name is a default. In Windows 8 they keep this name but it is a link to a physical folder. That physical folder can be anywhere on your system by your choice. Right click on My Documents and select Properties and Location and you will see the default physical folder and also an option to move it to another physical location without disputing the My Documents link. You can right click My Documents and add other folders like 'Images' 'Video' 'Text' just like in XP. Under Libraries under Documents there should be a My Documents link also. These are all links to the physical folder. Take a look and post back for any questions.

    Jim
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