Where Are My Documents in Windows 11/10?

Are you looking for your saved documents in Windows? Many Windows 11/10 users revealed an unusual problem, such as files and folders disappearing from their computers. 

The My Documents folder is an integral part of the user profile and is a convenient place for storing personal data like text files or any Microsoft Office files. My Documents folder is now called the Documents folder. In this guide, we will help you to find the My Documents folder in Windows.

Where Are My Documents in Windows 11/10?

Where are My Documents located in Windows 11/10?

In Windows 11/10, all the applications and folders are not set as default on the desktop. You have to create or access it using another option; this is why Windows 11/10 is more efficient as space management and accessibility are specific and adequately arranged. Follow these methods to locate your documents quickly:

  1. Accessing it via File Explorer
  2. Using Run Prompt
  3. Using the Start menu

Let’s follow these steps one by one to find out where all documents are stored in Windows. We will also talk about how you can change the default location and how Windows stores the documents.

1] Accessing it via File Explorer

My Documents in Windows

The fastest way to get your documents folder is the File Explorer. Follow these steps to access your file through a file explorer:

  • Click CTRL + X and choose File Explorer.
  • Click on the Documents folder under the Quick Access section.
  •  Here you will get all your saved documents. Click on the file to open it.

Check if you found your documents. You can also use alternate File Explorer apps to find it.

2] Using Run Prompt

You can also find it in the Run prompt if you cannot find it this way. Follow these steps to do so: 

  • Press Windows + R key on your keyboard.
  • Type %userprofile%\Documents > press the Enter key. 
  • It will open the Documents folder.

Check for your files there.

3] Using Start Menu

Start Folder Windows Settings

The Windows Start menu does not display the Documents folder or folders like Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos by default. Follow these steps to re-enable them.

  • Right-click an empty area on the Desktop and select Personalize.
  • Click Start on the left side of the Personalization window and select Start.
  • Click Choose which folders appear on Start.
  • Change the Documents option or any of the other options from Off to On.

On the left-bottom side of the Start menu, you’ll find a Documents option. Look for your saved documents.

The Documents Folder Location Is Changed?

Documents Folder Location Windows

If your computer has multiple partitions, you may want to change the location of one or more of your user folders. It will become easier to find your documents. Follow these steps to change the location of your file: 

  • Open File Explorer > Documents folder
  • Click on Properties > Location tab > click on Find target to open the changed location.
  • Click on Restore Default to restore the location of the file.
  • Now, click Move and browse the new location for your file.
  • Click Select Folder > OK > Yes.

All your files will shift to the new location from the old spot.

Where Are Your Documents Saved on Windows 10?

In Windows, you can save documents in this directory by default. The first time you save a notepad file, it will save in this folder. It is always possible to change it. 

In the same way, Microsoft Office files are saved in the Documents folder by Windows. Therefore, if you cannot locate the document, open the Documents folder and see if it is there. 

In addition, you can use the application’s Save as a menu to locate the last folder where you saved your documents.

Is My Documents Folder the Same as Documents?

Yes, they both are identical sections and just the naming defers in a different version of windows or in some application. The reference folder is always the same, no matter if they are called My Documents or Documents, they will always point out to the Documents folder.

What Folders Are in the Documents Folder?

By default it is empty but as you start working on your laptop important files and documents such as the app’s data are stored here.

Why Are My Documents on OneDrive?

In the newer version of Windows 10 and in Windows 11, during installation when you set up OneDrive, it by default starts backing up your Document folder and that’s the reason you see the Documents folder inside your OneDrive.

I hope this post will help you to find My Documents in Windows 11 and Windows 10.

Nandini Keshri
Nandini Keshri is a student, writer, and tech enthusiast. When not writing about tech, she loves to write poetry and explore the world.


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