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Accidentally changed location of "Documents" shortcut

  1. #1


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1 64-bit

    Accidentally changed location of "Documents" shortcut


    I changed the location of my "Documents" shortcut on the left side of Windows Explorer from C:\Users\<username>\Documents to my OneDrive Documents folder. I want to change it back to where it was before but I'm getting error messages. I removed the read-only attributes from both folders, but I'm still getting the problems.

    Current Location:


    Location I want to change it to:


    Warning message:


    Error message I receive after clicking Yes:
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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Brendan,

    The error message is saying that you already have a "C:\Users\Brendan\Documents" folder.

    By default, you have both a "C:\Users\Brendan\Documents" and "C:\Users\Brendan\SkyDrive\Documents" folders. These are not the same folder.

    Do you not see the "C:\Users\Brendan\Documents" folder at that location? If not, then see if using OPITON TWO below may help.

    User Folders - Restore Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  3. #3


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    Thanks, Brink! It looks like that solved my problem.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Great news. You're most welcome.
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Accidentally changed location of "Documents" shortcut
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