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Finding my folders and files


anthony2

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Having mastered XP and previous M/S OS's over the years, I'm floored at the complexity and confusion of 8.1, and if there was ANY alternative to MicroSoft, I would gladly take it and pay for it.

I'm an author. In XP I had my files and folders. Now, I have no idea where my files (Word, etc.) are going. I am finding my files in:

  • This PC/Documents
  • Homegroup/(my name)/pc/Documents/c:Users/(my name)
  • Homegroup/(my name)/pc/Documents/c:Users/(my name)/Skydrive
  • OneDrive/Documents
  • Desktop/(my name)/Documents

When I save a Word document, it defaults to something called:
  • (my name)'s OneDrive/Documents

but it calls it:
  • One Drive-Personal/Skydrive/Documents

Could someone give me some advice re: how to just have one set of files and folders, like I had in XP? I'd gladly pay you ...

Also, I had heard that by clicking in the upper left corner of the screen, I could get to an area more like the State section of XP, but I am not finding this.

THANK YOU - Tony in Arizona
 

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The actual folders are in C:\Users\(your user name)\. The Libraries will link to those folders. HomeGroup does too I think, I don't use HomeGroup and always leave the HomeGroup that's created automatically so there is no HomeGroup. If you open the Charms Bar (Windows logo key + C), click Settings > Change PC Settings > One Drive. Then turn "Save documents to OneDrive By default" Off. All your files will then be saved locally.
 
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hello and welcome to eightforums .this site has a tutorial section that one can search for almost anything win8/8.1 releated ,I searched 'location of documents and came up with some good info .iam almost sure that .
C:\Users\yourname\Documents, is the default ,and the most or all the rest are shortcuts to this location .excpt for the skydrive one .you can stop the files from going to skydrive and home group ,if you don't use either .check the kink below ,good luck any Question just ask


http://www.eightforums.com/gtsearch...FORID:9&ie=UTF-8&q=default+documents+location

how to enable or disable skydrive
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/29426-onedrive-integration-windows-8-1-enable-disable.html
 

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paul1149

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Also, I had heard that by clicking in the upper left corner of the screen, I could get to an area more like the State section of XP, but I am not finding this.
Not sure what you mean, but there are programs that return much of the classic functionality to Win8/8.1. I use Classic Shell, which takes me directly to the desktop, restores the Start Menu, and more.
 

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Right click your taskbar and select properties. Then under the Navigation tab checkmark "When I click the upper-left corner, switch between recent apps". Likely not what your looking for but that's all I know of with reference to clicking that corner of the screen.
 

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anthony2

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I REALLY appreciate your taking the time to reply. Having said that, I tried to turn of the auto-saving to SkyDrive (or One Drive, or whatever). I went to settings, but then there is no PC Settings and I was unable to search for anything that would turn this (feature?) off. This is typical of my experience with 8.1. For instance, Disk Clean - fairly straightforward, right? Try doing a search on Disk Clean and then clicking on one of the choices. With 90% of them, you will NEVER get to the place where you can simply activate Disk Clean ...
 

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Ops, it's Charms Bar > Settings > Change PC Settings ( bottom of the screen). On the Start Screen it's just PC Settings. If open the Start Screen and just type PC settings it should show up in the list to the right of the screen. Assuming your running Windows 8.1. It may not be on the Start Screen in 8.0. It was added to the Start Screen at some point, I just don't remember exactly when.
 

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    Motherboard
    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
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    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
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    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
    Sound Card
    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
    PSU
    Thermaltake TR 620
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    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
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    Stock heatsink fan
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    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
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    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
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Do you mean Disk Cleanup? It's at the top of my search list if I type Disk cleanup on the Start Screen.
Try this
Charms Bar > Settings > Change PC Settings > Search and apps > Use Bing to search online > set to off.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
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    PC/Desktop
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    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    Memory
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
    Sound Card
    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
    PSU
    Thermaltake TR 620
    Case
    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Stock heatsink fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    80 Mbps Down 30 Mbps Up
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    HP DVD1040e Lightscribe - External USB2

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