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    Need help with Default Folders

    Main question: what are the built-in default folders such as My Documents, and is there a way I can set defaults by file type in W98 SE.

    When I first got W95, I refused to use the stupidly named "my documents" directory. I already had my own system of default directories for documents, etc. Unfortunately, W95 would not let me substitute my names for their defaults. Now, I'm ready to give in. I've got to get organized. (By now, I'm running W98 SE.)

    The questions:
    1. How do things get on Start-menuocuments?
    2. My first item on Startocuments is the folder c:My Documents. Is this the Ms default folder? Or did I put it there and have since forgotten about it.
    3. In "c:My Documents" is the folder "My Pictures" which appears to be the default for pictures. Was that curtesy of Mr Gates or did I do something to make this the default?
    4. I also have a "c:WINDOWSPersonalMy Pictures", and "My Music", and more. I'm assuming this is something I set up one post-midnight and had forgotten by next morning.

    Please help me get organized. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>
    Al Gruber

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    Re: Need help with Default Folders

    1. How do things get on Start-menuocuments?

    <UL>This is automagically populated by the documents you open while using Windows. The folder itself consists of shortcuts to recently accessed documents, but anything you place there will eventually roll off the list as you use the computer.[/list]2. My first item on Startocuments is the folder c:My Documents. Is this the Ms default folder? Or did I put it there and have since forgotten about it.

    <UL>Yes, this is the default location for My Documents. You can change its location by right-clicking on the My Documents folder in Explorer and choosing properties.[/list]3. In "c:My Documents" is the folder "My Pictures" which appears to be the default for pictures. Was that curtesy of Mr Gates or did I do something to make this the default?

    <UL>This folder is courtesy Gates and Co. Various applications from the Redmond behemoth will create this (and other) folders.[/list]4. I also have a "c:WINDOWSPersonalMy Pictures", and "My Music", and more. I'm assuming this is something I set up one post-midnight and had forgotten by next morning.

    <UL>See the answer to #3 - Windows Media Player in its latest incarnation adds the My Music folder, and looks there by default. To change the bulk of the special folders in Windows, you can download and install TweakUI, which is an excellent tool for this and many other "hidden" features/settings.[/list]
    -Mark

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    Re: Need help with Default Folders

    Hi Al:
    I see Mark has answered your questions, so I'll just add a few things.

    1. If you have an organizational system set up, you don't have to abandon it. I assume that you have a set of folders & subfolders to organize files. You can rename the "My Documents" folder in Windows Explorer. e.g. I renamed mine to Data, since it then shows up readily in Windows Explorer without scrolling. See picture.

    2. Make sure that your default settings in Office & elsewhere are now set to use "Data", or whatever you rename it to.

    3. Drag all your folders & subfolders into Data. If you have a lot make sure you back it up first.

    4. You can also rename My Pictures to e.g. Pictures & My Music to Music. If you rename "My Pictures", you must set the default under an Office program (e.g. Word) in Tools/Options/File Locations/Clipart Pictures from My Pictures to Pictures or else Windows will recreate the My Pictures folder every time you use clipart.

    You may need to use regedit to go to

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionExplorerShell Folders

    & where you see "My Pictures" under NAME, you'll see a path under value. That path should point to your new default for pictures. If you aren't comfortable with the registry, don't mess with it. You should back up the registry first, anyhow. I haven't been too luck with changing My Music to Music. I think Media Player keeps adding it back.
    Cheers,
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