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:
Like with many other things in Windows 10, there are multiple ways in which you can get to the Documents folder.
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.
The third way to open the File Explorer is to use the Windows menu.
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.
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.
Windows and third-party programs will use the specialized folders, including the Documents folder, to save files of different types by default.
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.
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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