Windows 10: documents vs mydocuments and publicdocuments What? Why? How? When?

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  1. BadBernie Win User

    documents vs mydocuments and publicdocuments What? Why? How? When?


    I'm wanting to learn some history and fill in some gaps in my general knowledge and experiences using Window over the years.
    I would like to know all about what those Mydocuments, Mypictures, My[etc] folders are for. What are they? Why did they suddenly appear way back when Windows was young? What extensions of the concept are there besides Publicdocuments, etc.? Will new ones be created in future versions of Window 10?
    Not knowing the answers, I have never looked into the issue of taking advantage of them to do anything. Early on, my interest in them all but disappeared when I tried to investigate them on my PC only to find that I had no permissions to access them. My conclusions were: 1) the system must need them for something, but I sure don't; and 2) it will be really interesting to learn what they are all about if their names say they are mine, but I have no permissions to them on my own system without making changes to the way the system created them from nowhere without my explicit "permission".
    Now that I am a really old guy with a lot of time on my hands, and have never been aware of any problems caused by my ignorance of them, my curiosity about them is greater than ever.
    This is all very low priority. I still don't know of why I may ever need to use them. Sharing other public folder files locally and on my LAN has never been an issue for me.
    My apologies for such a long post for a simple question. I did lots of searches before posting, but with no success. If there is a better place where this thread should be moved, that's ok with me.
    I'll be grateful for any info I can get to help me educate myself.
    Thanks,

    ** I can use all the help I can get **

    :)
     
    BadBernie, Feb 4, 2020
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  2. Document names uploaded via web interface are auto prepended with "MyDocuments"

    On my wife and my phones when uploading a document via the web interface, it will prepend "Mydocuments" to the file name.

    Example.

    Baby-names.pdf gets changed to MydocumentsBaby-names.pdf

    and is put at the root of the phones internal storage instead of in "My Documents"

    Creating a Mobile Word document does not put the file in a location that the My Phone sync service auto sync's. Might be a good idea if it did.

    Loving the service though

    Thanks for all your hard work MS
     
    BrandonLive, Feb 4, 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, Feb 4, 2020
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  4. OscarWild Win User

    documents vs mydocuments and publicdocuments What? Why? How? When?

    Windows 10 Access Denied - Documents and Settings

    Using a Dell PC and a Toshiba laptop.

    Wireless in-home network.

    Changed from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

    If I try to open the files G B-P suggests above--C:\Users\Owner\documents, or using my name instead of 'Owner'--access to Documents files (not MyDocuments) is NOT allowed.

    I have gone through the steps for sharing and adding permissions, but as Administrator and Owner, as I certainly am, I cannot access files that I created myself.
     
    OscarWild, Feb 4, 2020
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