In windows 7 the My Documents folder resides under the logical Documents folder on the left side of Windows Explorer.
A friend of mine clicked on My Documents and (silly him) erased it by deleting it. Of couse the My Documents folder is still under C:\Users\user\Documents.

How do I link My Documents back to Documents?


In Windows 7 (and Vista before that), the "My Documents" folder is actually a Junction Point (or symbolic link) that resolves to the new folder called Documents.

Assuming he deleted the "My Documents" junction point, here's what I'd do:

  1. Open a Command Window as Administrator (CMD.EXE)
  2. CD C:\Users\YourUserName
  3. DIR /A
  4. If you see My Documents in the list, stop here, because something is wrong
  5. mklink /J "C:\Users\YourUserName\My Documents" "C:\Users\YourUserName\Documents"
  6. Back in Windows Explorer, browse to your home folder (C:\Users\YourUserName)
  7. Confirm that the My Documents folder is back where it belongs and functions correctly.

Be careful to keep the quotation marks and spaces exactly as you see them in the commands, while replacing YourUserName with your login name for Windows. Each command goes on one line, even though you might see some line wrapping above.

Good luck!

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  • both C:\Users\YourUserName\Documents and C:\Users\YourUserName\My Documents are there, but when I enter Documents everything's in place and when I enter My Documents it's empty. I guess the Junction Point got messed up. What should I do? Can I reroute it? – Jonathan Oct 6 '10 at 20:11
  • Try removing the new My Documents folder you created, then try the Restore Default Libraries feature (which I list in my next post below.) – stewartwb Nov 30 '10 at 19:07

Something else that might help - try the built-in Windows 7 feature Restore Default Libraries. In Explorer, point to the Libraries folder, Right-Click, Restore default libraries.

This may recover the default My Documents folder link as well.

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