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My Documents duplication

By rkessler ·
Probably a dumb question, but I don't know the answer. A user put a shortcut to My Documents on the desktop. He was transferred and the next user copied that "shortcut" to My Documents with the result that there is a subdirectory called "My Documents". This subdirectory can be renamed, etc., but it cannot be erased since the system believes it to be the primary My Documents and a critical system folder. My work around for now was to give it a blank name and hide it in a subdirectory. What should I have done?

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by esrfalco In reply to My Documents duplication

The Windows OS requires that you have a My Documents folder as the default destination for new saved documents. You may rename it and move it, but it must exist.

Question: When you save a new Word doc, what is the default save-to folder?

If you run Win98, you can right-click the folder, choose Properties, and choose a new target for your default save-to folder.

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by rkessler In reply to My Documents duplication

That is precisely the problem. This system has two My Document folders and even if one is renamed, moved or painted blue, we can't remove or delete it to leave only the original My Document folder. We even tried to delete the primary, but the system will not let us delete either folder.

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by Zalog In reply to My Documents duplication

First make sure the duplicate folder is empty. Select properties for the folder and turn off (uncheck) the read-only and hidden attributes (if checked). Restart the PC in DOS mode. Remove the folder using the RD command from the parent folder. Restart you PC by typing EXIT.

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by rkessler In reply to My Documents duplication

Good one! I really feel stupid to forget about the Dos Dir commands, but thanks, it worked great.

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