System Tips: Easily change the default save location of files

If we don’t want to save files to a system partition that contains space constraints, we can use the trick of “swapping” files to save them in a custom folder in another partition. If we don’t like to use these folders, we can even easily modify the default save location with the help of some tricks or software.

1. stealing the system using the default hot folder

Since we are not going to use the default Windows system documents, pictures, music, videos and other common folders, it is better to redirect them, so that their common folders point to these default folders. This way, it looks like you are saving to the original default folder, but you are actually saving to the target you set.

For example, suppose we want to save the document to “D: Lee documents” folder, you can first in Explorer “this computer” under the selection of “documents”, right-click and select “Properties”. Subsequently, in the “Document Properties” window, click on the “Location” tab, through the “Find Target” button, the “D:Lao Li documents ” folder to redirect to the default “Documents” (Figure 1).


After this definition, later open or save the document when you select “Document”, will actually use the custom “D:Lao Li documents”. Other categories, such as pictures, music, video and other folders, defined in a similar way.

2. Use “Favorites” to create a category to save

First create a “Favorites” in File Explorer’s “This PC” directory at the same level (see the previous article for details), then create shortcuts to the folders we often use, and finally drag these shortcuts one by one to this Drag each of these shortcuts into this “Favorites”.

This way, if you want to save or open a file in the future, you can directly access the “Favorites” category folder in the “Save” or “Open” dialog box (Figure 2). It’s much less work than opening the drive to locate folders one by one.



We can also achieve the above needs by fixing the frequently used folders to “Quick Access”. It’s just that Quick Access records are easily lost due to emptying or system optimization.

3. Use small third-party software to achieve location change

In addition to using the above methods, we can also use some small tools to change the location of the hot folders. For example, Melloware PlacesBar Editor, PlacesBar Tweaker, MadDog PlacesBarEditor, etc.

If you encounter an accident when running these tools and cannot restore the default folder location, open the Registry Editor and locate the following location, right-click on the comdlg32 entry and delete it (Figure 3).



4. modify the registry to change the default installation location of the program

If the system partition space is tight and you need to install the software to other partitions, but it is a bit troublesome to customize the path every time you install the software, you can change the default installation path of the software to other partitions by modifying the registry (Figure 4).


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