My Documents

Windows DocumentsNot to be confused with a written document, My Documents and Documents are Microsoft Windows folders that store computer documents and other files associated with programs on your computer. For example, when saving a file in Microsoft Word, the default folder is My Documents. Saving all of your personal files into the My Documents folder makes them easier to back up and locate.

Note: Microsoft has changed "My Documents" to "Documents" in the most recent versions of Windows.

Many Microsoft Windows users should be able to locate the My Documents folder on their Desktop. However, users whose Desktop's do not show the My Documents icon may find the folder by following the steps below.

How to open Windows My Documents or Documents

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


  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 name is 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.


  1. Click the Start button in the lower left corner of the screen.
  2. Click Documents on the right side of the menu that pops up.

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