My Documents

Not to be confused with Documents, My Documents is a Microsoft Windows folder that stores documents, program settings, and other files that are used with many of the programs run on your computer. For example, when saving a file in Microsoft Word the default folder is My Documents. Saving all your personal files into the My Documents folder makes backing up and locating your personal files easier.

Many Microsoft Windows users should be able to locate the My Documents folder through their Desktop. However, for those users who do not have the My Documents icon on their Desktop they can find the My Documents folder by following the steps below.

  1. From the Desktop, double-click the My Documents folder.


  1. Open My Computer.
  2. Within My Computer double-click the xx Documents, where xx is the name of your user account. For example, if your login was named John, you would click on John's Documents.


  1. Open My Computer.
  2. Double-click the C: drive.
  3. Within the C: drive double-click the Documents and Settings or Users folder.
  4. In Documents and Settings, double-click the folder for the users My Documents you want to see. Using the same example as above, if your login was named "John" you'd click on the "John" folder.
  5. Within your users name folder open the My Documents folder.

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Also see: Documents, Home directory, My Computer, Operating system terms