Windows 10: Change default windows documents location from OneDrive\Documents to User\Documents

Discus and support Change default windows documents location from OneDrive\Documents to User\Documents in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; I unfortunately set this up when I installed windows to save my Documents to OneDrive unknowingly that instead of syncing my actual documents it... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by Mr Mangoh, May 8, 2021.

  1. Mr Mangoh Win User

    Change default windows documents location from OneDrive\Documents to User\Documents


    I unfortunately set this up when I installed windows to save my Documents to OneDrive unknowingly that instead of syncing my actual documents it creates and changes the default documents folder to a OneDrive folder. How do I undo this?This https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-windows_install/change-documents-location-from-onedrive-to-local/55b3a67f-63e1-4050-a8de-bd84f7033d36 sounds like it used to be the solution but is no longer possible.Whats the current solution?

    :)
     
    Mr Mangoh, May 8, 2021
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  2. ChuckWM Win User

    Windows 10 Default Path for Documents - Changing from OneDrive to User location

    How do I change the default path definition for "Documents" from my OneDrive location C:\Users\...\OneDrive\Documents

    to C:\Users\...\Documents

    The default for everything is OneDrive and I don't want that. I want the file explore to point to my local C drive and not the OneDrive start

    Thanks
     
    ChuckWM, May 8, 2021
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  3. dmhlt Win User
    Restore Default Locations of “Documents” in “Users” & “This PC”

    Being new to both Windows 10 and OneDrive, somehow I managed to change the “Location” of my “Users” (and therefore also the “This PC”) “Documents” folder to the OneDrive “Documents” folder.
    So while in File Explorer if I right-click either the “Users” “Documents” or the “This PC” “Documents” and select Properties and then the Location tab, it says this is the path:
    C:\Users\<UserNamer>\OneDrive\Documents
    But that is NOT where I want documents I create stored on my hard drive.
    When I select the “Restore Default” it says the new location will be this path:
    C:\Users\<UserNamer>\Documents
    And THAT is where I want them stored
    When I click “OK” a dialogue box opens and asks:
    “Do you want to move all the files …” with the default “Yes” highlighted
    I click “Yes”
    And then a second, ominous dialogue box opens and asks
    “Do you want to redirect folder “Document” into another system folder “Documents” located at “C:\Users\<UserNamer> \Douments”? If you proceed with redirection, you will not be able to separate them or restore default location.
    “Do you still want to proceed with redirection?”
    With the default “No” highlighted
    I select “No” (although I think that’s actually what I want to do)
    And I’m back to square one with the same old “corrupted” path.
    I did create a folder I titled “Documents – Holding” in OneDrive, and moved the few folders that were in the OneDrive “Documents” to the “Documents – Holding” folder. So now the OneDrive “Documents” folder is empty. And therefore the “Documents” folders in both “Users” and “This PC” are also empty.
    I will note that when I setup the OneDrive I did opt to save Documents and Pictures to This PC rather than the default location of OneDrive – so that should not be an issue. (OneDrive --> Settings --> AutoSave --> Documents & Pictures --> This PC Only)
    Can I proceed with the “Restore Default” – or will only complicate matters with duplicate folders?
     
    dmhlt, May 8, 2021
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  4. lee_1959 Win User

    Change default windows documents location from OneDrive\Documents to User\Documents

    changing the location of documents to onedrive on multiple machines

    I am setting up a new win10 machine (virgin)

    I wish to use onedrive to synch (with local cache) Documents, Desktop, Pictures, and Downloads between the new machine and an existing SurfaceBook

    I cannot change the location of Documents on the populated machine (SurfaceBook) as while processing the ~ 500 gB of data, an error is thrown regarding an invalid file name. The directory structure of the Surface book is created in OneDrive, but files are
    not migrated.

    I assume I need to migrate the Documents folder by folder (via Move from users\me\documents\folder to onedrive\documents\folder) until I find the bad actor and then repair it.

    The question is: once I have moved the contents of users\me\documents to onedrive\documents, can I then change the location of the 'empty' users\me\documents to the 'full' onedrive\documents, or will that second 'change location' operation delete the onedrive?
     
    lee_1959, May 8, 2021
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