Windows 10: Documents folder disappeared from "users" but still shows as being located in that path

Discus and support Documents folder disappeared from "users" but still shows as being located in that path in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; For some reason the "Documents" folder does not show in the path: WindowsC:>Users>"username", even though the folder is located there. I can find the... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by joshp333, Oct 31, 2020.

  1. joshp333 Win User

    Documents folder disappeared from "users" but still shows as being located in that path


    For some reason the "Documents" folder does not show in the path: WindowsC:>Users>"username", even though the folder is located there. I can find the "Documents" folder under "This PC" or "Libraries", and when I check Properties>Location, it shows it as being located there C:\Users\username\Documents.


    I've checked and it's not hidden. But if I try to add a new folder titled "Documents" to the same folder, it says that folder already exists.


    I'm posting a picture below, which shows that the folder doesn't show in the users folder but Properties>Location says the folder exists in that location. Any thoughts or help is much appreciated.


    Documents folder disappeared from "users" but still shows as being located in that path f4ceb5dc-a270-4e69-a64f-d411af7daf9f?upload=true.png

    :)
     
    joshp333, Oct 31, 2020
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  2. Nicrite Win User

    Vista Ultimate - 'User' Folder Location

    No tried that.

    Can copy the entire folder to D; but Windows still points to C as the location. Can change personal folders location to a folder on D;, but this still leaves hidden files etc on C;. Thus meaning there are 2 Users folders. Have managed to change the Public folder location to D;, with some registry tweaks, but this doesnt seem to work for the entire folder.

    any more suggestions
     
    Nicrite, Oct 31, 2020
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  3. Downloads folder is the Documents folder

    Hi Chris,

    Thank you for posting your query on Microsoft Community.

    I suggest you to Restore to Default the folders and document settings and see if it helps.

    Step 1:

    Please follow below steps and check if it helps.

    • Go to Download folder.
    • Right click on the Download Folder and go to Properties.
    • In Properties go to Location tab.
    • In location Tab Click on Restore Default.


    Step 2:

    Please follow below steps and check if it helps.

    • Go to Documents folder.
    • Right click on the Document folder and go to Properties.
    • In Properties go to Location tab.
    • In location Tab Click on Restore Default.
    After performing above steps change the settings as you required and check if it helps.

    Hope these information helps, please get back to us for future support, we’ll be glad to assist you further.

    Thank you.
     
    Prabhavathi Patil, Oct 31, 2020
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  4. fuelsguy Win User

    Documents folder disappeared from "users" but still shows as being located in that path

    Documents folders moved to another location

    To Answer your questions:

    Issue started Wednesday after another user has spent a lot of time moving and sorting a lot of photographs. Don't know if this had anything to do with the problem.

    Earlier problems: no, PC has been working fine for a long time.

    No error messages other than from Outlook which alerted me to the problem. Other applications have lost their lists of recent files. Example, Word, if I open Word and go to files, I get a list of recent files, all saved in Library\Documents\folder\file name.
    If I click on a file I get an error message Directory name not valid.

    Pointers; I think of windows having files in one place but pointers located in other places. these may be shortcuts in windows-speak.

    Follow up,

    I did copy the folders and files in the "Documents save folder" to the E: hard drive. Checking properties, the file location just show as E:\ . I copied the folders and files from the E: drive to the library\documents folder on C: thinking the files would
    show the location as C:\ Users\name\Documents but the files all reverted to C:\Users\name\Document save folder\documents\file name.

    Tried the cut and paste suggestion. Copied the folders and files from E: to D: drive as a backup.

    Cut the folders and files from D: and pasted them in Library\Documents. Took a long time to paste files but the location still shows as C:\Users\name\Document save folder\documents\file name.

    So I still don't have a way of relocating the folders and files back to Library\Documents so the applications can find files.
     
    fuelsguy, Oct 31, 2020
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