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    bencwade
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    My Documents Folder

    When I open a non-Microsoft program, and try to open or save a document, I can't see my "MY DOCUMENTS" folder. Is there a way to fix this or work around it?

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    Re: My Documents Folder

    Tells us what programs you are having problems with.

    MOST programs you can go in and set the option to use My Documents or they will remember what the last folder used was.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: My Documents Folder

    One example would be Photosuite, another would be NoteTab (a shareware text editor), but just about any non-microsoft program has this problem on my computer.

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    Re: My Documents Folder

    On both of these that you listed you can move to My Documents folder by using the different buttons within the Open file or save as panes.
    Some programs are WRITTEN, Photosuite being one, to use THEIR selected home folder. I have NOT run into ANY program that I can NOT get to MY Documents folder.

    THIS is a problem with the different programs NOT MS Windows.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: My Documents Folder

    Dave,
    I looked in my "My Documents" folder, and found a file named "desktop.ini". Just to see what would happen, I renamed it "xdesktop.ini", so it would not be read. Guess what? Now I can see my My Documents file with all other apps. Any thoughts?
    Ben

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    Re: My Documents Folder

    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by DaveA on 01/01/04 19:19.</FONT></P>desktop.ini is related to 'Active Desktop, are you using it?

    I do NOT waste my resources in using this type of 'Cheewizz'.[img]/w3timages/icons/oink.gif[/img][img]/w3timages/icons/oink.gif[/img]

    I just remembered that it is used also with the display of 'Thumbnails' if this has been set on.

    This file may have be corrupted.

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    Re: My Documents Folder

    desktop.ini is found in any folder in which you've customized your settings (such as web or colored background). You can delete it. You can recustomize any folder, if you wish.

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    Re: My Documents Folder

    Thanks, guys, for taking a look at my solution, and reassuring me that the file is not essential. I am not using Active Desktop, and so I will delete the file (good riddance!)
    Thanks again for your help.
    Ben

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    Re: My Documents Folder

    I've read this thread and thought I'd found the answer to my 'My Documents' folder problem, but, Alas, no. The only desktop.ini on my computer is in the WindowsFonts folder.

    Here's my issue: Not only doesn't 'My Documents' show up in Office and non-Office program Open and Save dialogs, even when I navigate to the C: drive, it STILL doesn't show up. I can then enter 'My Documents' in the filename box and it then opens it, but otherwise it remains hidden. Any ideas?

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    bencwade
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    Re: My Documents Folder

    One thought is that, desktop.ini is a hidden file. When you look in your My Documents folder, are you seeing hidden files? In Windows Explorer, you have to go to View/FolderOptions/View..., then you have to check a circle to see hidden files. I use Norton Navigator, so I can automatically see all files, or PowerDesk will let you see hidden files also, but in Windows Explorer, you have to change the settings. Does this help?

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    Re: My Documents Folder

    Thanks for the try, but no, I always set Explorer to show ALL files. It probably has something to do with the fact that 'My Documents' is a 'special' file that MS shows in places where it really isn't. But I don't know what to do to restore normal display. I don't think this has always been like this.

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