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    Windows Explorer in Windows 7---did I create this problem?

    I'm new to Windows 7 and decided to do some clean-up work (move, rearrange, and delete) in Windows Explorer that I should have done long ago in XP's Windows Explorer. I was working within the document library. Suddenly, everything was gone except for some odd folders from CorelDraw that appeared to be program files and folders. I don't know what happened, but almost everything was gone in the document library (and wasn't in the Recycle Bin). I deleted the CorelDraw folders, probably a mistake, and then had to go through the repair process with CorelDraw.

    After some brief research to find out the relationship between My Documents on the C: drive and the document library, I manually repopulated the document library through copy and paste from the user name's My Documents. But now, I have THREE full sets of My Documents (instead of two). One is under Libraries > Documents. A second (duplicate) is under Libraries > Documents > Public Documents. The third is under my user name on the C: drive.

    Two questions:
    1) Which of the first two sets should I delete, Libraries > Documents, or Libraries > Documents > Public Documents? Should there be a folder "Public Documents" within Documents?
    2) If I want to manage the hierarchy (move, save, delete, rearrange, whatever), where should I be doing it?

    It appears that changes I make to the document library are not reflected to the underlying My Documents, which is a concern. I dislike having to move back and forth between my user name's My Documents and the more readily available library documents, just because I'm doing something different.

    I need some direction. Thanks,

    Marianswede

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    None of those are duplicates. The libraries links are just links to the actual folder, that exists in c:\users\username.
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    Thanks for your quick response.

    My concern is that Windows 7's default location for saving things is in the Libraries. Once I realized that there was duplication of the folders in My Documents, I did a test. I saved something new in the Documents Library, then went to the main My Documents in my user name on the C: drive to look for that saved document. It wasn't there. I refreshed the computer. It was still not there.

    I've had this computer for a week and have been creating and saving things in the Libraries default location. At this point, I have no idea what is truly "saved" onto my hard drive and what is not.

    Is there some method of making the C: drive user My Documents be the default "go to" location system-wide for Save, Save As, Open, etc.? If yes, I would like to bypass the whole Libraries concept and save things is a little more reliable fashion.

    Thank you.

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    Thank you very much! That is exactly what I need to do (change the default save location in the Properties)!

    Marianswede

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marianswede View Post
    Thank you very much! That is exactly what I need to do (change the default save location in the Properties)!

    Marianswede
    Great .
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    Also note that you can remove any location you don't want data be included in. On some remote computers I only want data in the public folders so I eliminate the other personal local library locations so only one place is allowed...by default.

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    Hmmm... Thanks for that new information.

    My challenge is making certain I don't accidentally save ANYTHING into a library location. Although the earlier post about Dropbox showed a screenshot of "3 locations" being saved to in the "Save As" command, there is no indication of "3 locations" on my system. I just need to make certain that I save to one known permanent location. I would be happy if I could find some way to not even see the libraries. I doubt that's possible. Oh well...

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    Hi Marianswede
    You actually never "save" anything to a library folder, it's a virtual function and just shortcuts you see. I also found it very confusing although many folk find it very handy. In my case I'm quite happy saving whatever in folders as I like w/o this option. I decided to remove all references to Libraries inside Explorer, see http://www.askvg.com/how-to-disable-...-in-windows-7/

    I'm running W7 Pro 64-bit and it worked for me.

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    Thanks for that feedback, Rompy, I'm glad to know I'm not alone in finding that feature a bit odd. I will disable it with those fine instructions.

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