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Where are My Documents in Windows 10?

Find out how easy it is to locate My Documents in Windows 10 in only a couple of simple steps. Find your favorite documents, photos, videos, and music quickly!
Where are My Documents in Windows 10? | Find them easily

The My Documents folder went through plenty of changes in the different versions of Windows. With Windows 10, it has matured and it is very easy to find, although it has been renamed to Documents now! The Documents folder is where programs save their documents by default. This includes document files stored by Microsoft software and third-party programs. In this article, you will learn about:

  • How to find My Documents in Windows 10.
  • What types of files are stored in My Documents.
  • Similar folders for other specific file types in Windows 10.

Where to find My Documents in Windows 10

Like with many other things in Windows 10, there are multiple ways in which you can get to the Documents folder.

  1. First, left-click on the folder icon in the Windows 10 taskbar.
    Navigating to File Explorer Windows 10
    Click on the File Explorer icon right next to the Windows 10 search bar
  2. In the left panel of the File Explorer, you'll see a list of different locations on your device. Click on Documents.
    My Documents in File Explorer Windows 10
    You can see My Documents in the left part of the File Explorer window, as well as in the top part

Use a shortcut to open the Windows File Explorer

Alternatively, you can press the Windows button on your keyboard and type the letter E. This is the keyboard shortcut for starting the File Explorer.

Open the File Explorer via the Windows Start menu

The third way to open the File Explorer is to use the Windows menu.

  1. Left-click on the Windows 10 Start button.
  2. Click on the Documents icon that appears directly above it. It is a shortcut to the Documents folder. If you aren't sure which icon is which, hover over the icon and a tooltip will appear.
    How to Open File Explorer on Windows 10
    Click on the Start button, then click on the Documents icon.

Like in all of the other Windows iterations, finding the My Documents or Documents folder  is easy - it only takes a couple of clicks. However, if you are looking for a specific document, it is much better to enter its name in the Windows 10 search bar. Windows will then automatically scan your entire computer and find it for you.

The types of files stored in My Documents

Microsoft Office documents, text files, downloaded files, music, videos, and photos - any type of file can be stored in My Documents. But some of files may be automatically moved into other, more specialized folders.

  • Left-click on the folder icon in the Windows 10 Taskbar to open the File Explorer, or use one of the alternative methods of opening it as described above.
File Explorer in Windows 10 1903
File Explorer - This PC - Note the specialized folders for different file types.

Specialized folders for different file types in Windows 10

Windows and third-party programs will use the specialized folders, including the Documents folder, to save files of different types by default.

  • Files downloaded in your browser will be saved in the Downloads folder by default.
  • Video files will be stored in the Videos folder.
  • MP3 and audio files will be stored in the Music folder.
  • And photos or screenshots will be stored in your Pictures folder.

For example, when you take photos on a webcam with the Windows 10 Photos app, it will save these images automatically to the Pictures folder. And all browsers will automatically save any files you download to the Downloads folder, unless you say otherwise.

Downloads folder in Windows 10
The Downloads folder in Windows 10

You will find this helpful when you are searching for a file that was automatically saved or downloaded: You will know in which specialized folder to look for it depending on its file type!

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