My Documents

Definition of My Documents in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is My Documents?

A desktop shortcut in Microsoft Windows 98 and Windows 2000 that gives users a convenient location for storing documents that they create. My Documents is the default location where applications such as Paint or WordPad save the files you create.

The desktop icon for My Documents is a folder containing a sheet of paper. My Documents is also part of the user profile on a machine running Windows.


You can change the target folder location of the My Documents folder for a user who is logged on by right-clicking its icon and choosing Properties. For example, you can modify the My Documents folder so that it points to a network share or the user’s home folder. You should teach users to store their personal documents in the My Documents folder.