Windows 10 "documents" folder missing

dustymars

Well-Known Member
The only issue I have with OneDrive is that it seems to have taken over my PC. I deleted two folders in OneDrive, "Documents and MS Visual Basic," so when I went to open a doc file they were gone!!!!! Oops, looking in my recent backup disk I noticed my documents were all going to OneDrive. I did not knowingly put them in OneDrive nor would I have if I knew MS fixed Windows to do so. Maybe Windows 11 changed how I stored files or something. Anyway, I copied my documents and MS VB folders from backup to C: drive and now I'm happy. Where did I go wrong?????
 

Neemobeer

Cloud Security Engineer
Staff member
This is normal behavior for OneDrive. The idea is to sync all of your standard 'user data' locations. This enables you to have all of your data on all devices.

The important caveat is if you delete something it will be removed from all devices (there is typically a file version history stored in OneDrive, so you have about a month to restore)
 

MikeHawthorne

Essential Member
Microsoft Community Contributor
I guess I just don't get what you are talking about…
I created a new Documents folder, I called this one Documents Two, and now I have two Documents folders, both are in the same location, I can't find any difference between them, as far as utility goes, and they are both accessible from the Quick Access list.

I just don't see any difference between these two folders?

Documents Folder.jpg
Documents Two.jpg
 

dustymars

Well-Known Member
I am a bit puzzled as to shy OneDrive is maybe a cloud operation where MS or the CCP can hack into it and have everything I chose to store on my PC. If you don't think it is possible then more power to you, but I certainly do not trust any of them. Hacking is a game for underpaid MS employees. No, not paranoid, just cautious. Anyway, I transferred all my documents from OneDrive to my drive and cut OneDrive off. Not sure why MS would change such a simple file storage system.
 

Neemobeer

Cloud Security Engineer
Staff member
For example in a business environment the "location" of the Documents folder tends to get changed to a One Drive directory in your user profile.

The Documents folder is considered a 'special folder' in Windows. Special folders have GUIDs associated to them. For example Documents is technically 'Documents.{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}'

If you open the run dialog and type '::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}' it will open the real documents folder
 

MikeHawthorne

Essential Member
Microsoft Community Contributor
OK, I guess I get it, when I did that it opened the My Documents folder that I expected.
So the one I created didn't have some special instructions attached, but they don't show anyplace. My One Drive folder is empty.

I did find this, maybe it's what the original poster needed.

 

dustymars

Well-Known Member
Not sure how it fixed itself but after running “Free Window Registry Repair” both Excel and WinWord (Office 2003) started opening the file dialog box and all is well! I did some other things off the top of my head, many years of guessing and hitting the wrong keys, but not sure what did it. Sometimes guessing (shot gunning software) works. The original problem I have forgotten what it actually was, just got to involved in the cure, and got lost as usual. Not to worry, I did this for a living for 62 years! :cool: The problem was when attempting to open the file dialog window it froze up forever and I had to use task manager to stop it.
 
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