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Windows 8 duplicating files

  1. #11


    I am going to assume that files that are put into Documents are all listed there, and then Documents also breaks them down into My Documents and Public Documents. Each file therefore appears twice, and you can't delete or move the repeat without deleting or moving that file altogether from Documents. This is not stated anywhere in my Dummies book, but it is obviously what happens.

    I assume you folks have some files under Documents in Windows 8. Are they not listed twice (in Documents and in My Documents) like mine are? If not, then this is inexplicable.

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  2. #12


    If you have the My Documents folder included as one of the folders in the "Documents" library you would see the same documents listed under My Docs and Documents since a library is just a way to organize and display one or more related folders in one easy to view location. The actual files aren't being duplicated.
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  3. #13


    Germany/Florida
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    Can you copy the files to another place not move.

    I think nobody here has 'My Documents'. You imported that from your XP system - right.
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  4. #14


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    My owner window contains an icon for 'My Documents', and I bought this Lenovo with Windows 8 installed.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Can you copy the files to another place not move.
    Yes, and maybe I can create a place from them outside of Libraries/Documents. Haven't tried yet.

    I think nobody here has 'My Documents'. You imported that from your XP system - right.
    To quote again from "Windows 8 for Dummies" (p. 96), "Double-click the Navigation Pane's Documents library, and you'll see that library's two folders: My Documents and Public Documents."
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  6. #16


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    Windows 8.1


    On my computer, the contents of Libraries/Documents and 'My Documents' are the same. So I don't think they are duplicated; It's just another way of looking at the same thing.
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  7. #17


    A library isn't an actual folder. Here is an explanation from Microsoft about what a Library is. The page is talking about Windows 7 but the same concept applies to Windows 8 Libraries.

    Libraries - Microsoft Windows
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  8. #18


    I created a new library for the files. But I couldn't move them there without creating a My Documents folder. So I did that and moved them, and it's the same thing. In the new library, they're listed twice.

    My beef with this is that I am saving intellectual properties that will eventually go to my heir with this computer. Maybe she will be well versed by then in Windows 8 or whatever exists at that time. But if she just looked in the library now, seeing the files listed twice, she would wonder if they're the same, if one list is revisions, or what. I just see it as an unnecessary pain in the butt.
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  9. #19


    Germany/Florida
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    Yes, and maybe I can create a place from them outside of Libraries/Documents. Haven't tried yet.
    I think you should do that and then delete the surplus folder. Then copy the files back to the remaining folder.


    To quote again from "Windows 8 for Dummies" (p. 96), "Double-click the Navigation Pane's Documents library, and you'll see that library's two folders: My Documents and Public Documents."
    That is correct. But you have 3 documents folders.
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  10. #20


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    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by xunile View Post
    A library isn't an actual folder. Here is an explanation from Microsoft about what a Library is. The page is talking about Windows 7 but the same concept applies to Windows 8 Libraries.

    Libraries - Microsoft Windows
    That is correct. A library is just an index of folders.
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