Where is the Documents folder in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to locate and use the Documents folder in Windows 11. The Documents folder is one of the default folders created for each user in Windows 11 that is used as a default storage location for saved documents and personal data.

The Documents folder is important, although not critical. It simply provides a unified storage location for saved documents and personal data so you don’t go looking everywhere to find content you saved on your computer.

When you create a new document with any application and simply click the save button, the document will automatically be saved in your Documents folder. This is the default behaviour in Windows.

If you are an administrator, you can use folder redirection to modify or change the location of Documents to reside on a network share or on another partition.

The Documents folder was previously known as My Documents in previous versions of Windows. In Windows 10 and 11, it is now known simply as Documents.

To get started with finding the Documents folder in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to locate the Documents folder in Windows 11

In Windows, the default location for the Documents folder is in each user’s profile is at C:\Users\<username>\Documents.

Replacing <username> with your Windows account name. Windows also allows users to change or move the Documents or other personal folders to a different location anytime.

Users can browse to the Documents folder via File Explorer. File Explorer icons is the button with the folder icon on the taskbar.

windows 11 file explorer icon on taskbar

In File Explorer, the Documents folder has a shortcut in the navigation pane on the left under Quick access.

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This is the quickest way to get to the Documents folder in Windows. One can also click the This PC ==> Local Disk (C:) ==> Users ==> <username> ==> Documents to get to the Documents folder.

Replacing <username> with your Windows account name.

Another way to quickly get to your Documents folder is via your user profile folder. Use the the User Profile variable to go to your profile folder and find all folders in your home directory.

How to add the Documents folder on the Start menu in Windows 11

Windows also allows users to add the Documents or other personal folders to the Start menu button for ease and quick access.

To add the Documents folder to the Start menu, use the steps below:

  • Press Windows key + I to bring up the Windows Settings app.
  • Navigate to Personalization ==> Start tile, then under Folders, choose which folders appear on Start next to the Power button.
windows 11 show documents on start menu

Now the Documents folder will appear on the Start menu next to the Power button.

windows 11 show documents on start displayed

This is another quick way to access the Documents folder in Windows 11.

As mentioned above, one can move the Documents folder to other locations, or change settings in applications to choose a different folder to save files and new content.

That’s should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to locate and use the Documents folder in Windows 11. If you find any error or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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