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How to Change Locations for Default Folders in Windows 11

Windows 11 provides users with the flexibility to customize the default locations for their important folders such as Documents, Downloads, Pictures, and more. This customization allows you to store your files in a way that aligns with your preferences and organizational needs. In this article, we will guide you through different methods, step by step, to change the locations for default folders in Windows 11.

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Method 1: Using the Settings App

Step 1: Click on the Start button located in the taskbar, and then click on the Settings icon to open the Settings app.

Step 2: In the Settings app, click on the “System” category from the left-hand side menu. Within the System settings, select the “Storage” option from the left-hand side menu. This will open the Storage settings page.

Step 4: Scroll down on the Storage settings page until you find the “Advanced storage settings” section. Click on “where new content is saved” below it.

Step 5: In the “New apps will save to” section, use the drop-down menu to select the preferred drive or partition where newly installed apps will be saved.

Similarly, in the “New documents will save to”, “New pictures will save to”, and “New music will save to” sections, use the drop-down menus to choose the desired locations for each category. You can either select existing folders or create new ones using the “New” button.

Step 6: Once you have selected the new locations for the default folders, click on the “Apply” button to save the changes.

Method 2: Using File Explorer

Step 1: Open File Explorer by clicking on the folder icon located on the taskbar or by pressing the Windows key + E on your keyboard.

Step 2: Locate the default folder that you want to change (e.g., Documents, Pictures, Downloads).

Step 3: Right-click on the folder and select “Properties” from the context menu.

Step 4: In the Properties window, navigate to the “Location” tab. Click on the “Move” button and choose the new location where you want to move the folder.

Step 5: Once you have selected the new location, click on the “Apply” button to apply the changes.

By following these step-by-step methods, you can easily change the locations for default folders in Windows 11. Whether you prefer to store files on

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