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How to change the location of My Music, My Pictures, etc.

Windows contains special folders like My Music, My Pictures, My Videos &My Documents, Music & Pictures (Image) My Documents. These folders are default for their respective files. This means that :

  • My Pictures is the default folder for saving digicam pictures, custom-created images, etc.
  • My Music for music files, ripped audio CDs, etc.
  • My Documents is a default folder for saving documents, spreadsheets & presentations. And, some softwares / games also use this folder for saving their settings.

  • These folders are located in the local drive (The drive on which Windows is installed) And, we cannot change its location directly, except that of My Documents. This can act as a dis-advantage in many cases. Fortunately, this location can be changed with a simple trick.

    This can be useful in many ways. Example. You may have a large music collection in a different location than the My Music folder. Then, you may wish to automatically rip Audio CDs to that different location rather than the My Music Folder. This can easily be done by changing the default location of the My Music folder to your particular folder. The same applies for Video, Picture or Document collections.

    So, for changing the location of a special folder,

    For Windows XP :

    1. Download Tweak UI, a Windows XP Power Toy.
    After installing, open it from Start --> All Programs --> Powertoys for Windows XP --> TweakUI.

    Image of TweakUI tool, showing how to change the location of the 'My Videos' special folder

    2. Expand the My Computer tab & click on Special Folders.

    3. Select the special folder that you wish to change. 

    (Note : Don't select the same location for two or more different special folders, & do not point a location to system folders like 'Fonts')

    4. Then, change the location to your preferred folder.

    That's it! Now, the folders will point to your chosen location.


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