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By default, in Windows 7 start menu the item "Documents" opens a library containing current user's documents folder and public documents. I'd like to change that behavior to open current user's documents folder. How do I do that?

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You can change the Documents, Music, Pictures, Recorded TV and Videos links on the Start Menu to point to the user-specific directories (such as C:\Users\UserName\Documents) quite easily using the .REG files available here.

Check out the link for the other REG files, but for Documents specifically the following will do the trick:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{7b0db17d-9cd2-4a93-9733-46cc89022e7c}]
"ParsingName"="::{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}\\{FDD39AD0-238F-46AF-ADB4-6C85480369C7}"

This will revert back to the default Documents Library:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{7b0db17d-9cd2-4a93-9733-46cc89022e7c}]
"ParsingName"="::{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}\\{7b0db17d-9cd2-4a93-9733-46cc89022e7c}"

Note: A logout or restart might be required for the change to take effect.

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It worked! Thanks a ton! –  user1306322 Mar 13 '13 at 1:12

Go to the Properties of "Documents" by right clicking it and remove all folders path in it , then click on "Include folder" and choose the new path that you want (Current's user documents folder) in your case.

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This will change the folders included in Documents Library, but what I want is to remove the library and make that button in start menu a direct link to my Documents folder. –  user1306322 Mar 12 '13 at 8:46

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