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Do I really NEED so many "documents" folders

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Anonymous
October 1, 2004 11:55:27 AM

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On my Networked XP I have 5, count em 5, "Doucments"
folders:
1 at the top of the explorer list called "My Documents"

1 listed under "My Computer" below the control panel
called "Documents" this is NOT a link back to "My
Documents" at the top of the explorer list

1 listed under "My Computer" below the control panel
called "Computername's Documents that links back to "My
Documents"

1 listed as C:\Documents & Settings\all users\Documents
this contains links to "Program Files" and the "Start
Menu"
1 listed as C:\Documents & Settings\user\My Documents
this seems to be the same file as "My Documents" listed
at the very top of the explorer list

do I really need all these different "document" folders--I
can see it getting REALLY confusing for co-workers wanting
to send files to my documents folder via the network--
which one should they be sending the files to?

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Anonymous
October 1, 2004 1:57:29 PM

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Each "My Documents" folder or directory is different from each other. I
would not recommend deleting, removing, or consolidating the files from them
randomly. For example, the one from the "All Users" directory path is
exactly that, "all users". In other words, all users who log onto that
compute will see those files. There are ones which should also indicate
specific users, in such a case, only that user will see those files listed
when they log on and go to their My Documents folder. Other users will not
see those items belonging to that user's "My Documents".

When individuals send files, the sender won't be specifying WHERE to send
the file in regards to the recipient's computer system. It is up the
recipient to place it where they want. For example, the recipient may chose
to place their file in on their desktop. Or they may choose to place their
downloaded files into a special folder or directory called "Today's Work
Items", or any folder or directory of their choosing, not the sender's
choosing. By default, many files which are downloaded are automatically
downloaded the "My Documents" folder belonging to whoever is logged on at
the moment but they can change that if they so choose.

There are also other folder or directories in the system which are similiar
in the sense that there are multiple versions of them as well. These
folders are different from each other, even though they may have the same
name. For example the "Desktop" folder. The Desktop folder is different
for each user's desktop.

Again, I do not recommend deleting or removing any items from these folders.
One cannot assume that other uses will be able to access them from one of
the other "My Documents" folders. Each "My Documents" folder is different.
They exist for a reason. They are not exact duplicates of each other. You
may find that an important document you happened to remove from someone
else's "My Documents" folder may no longer be accessible by that person or
to anyone else who may need it. There are also security issues associated
with each folder and this will differ depending on the security level of a
user.


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"Pam" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:2e8601c4a7c6$b02d79b0$a601280a@phx.gbl...
> On my Networked XP I have 5, count em 5, "Doucments"
> folders:
> 1 at the top of the explorer list called "My Documents"
>
> 1 listed under "My Computer" below the control panel
> called "Documents" this is NOT a link back to "My
> Documents" at the top of the explorer list
>
> 1 listed under "My Computer" below the control panel
> called "Computername's Documents that links back to "My
> Documents"
>
> 1 listed as C:\Documents & Settings\all users\Documents
> this contains links to "Program Files" and the "Start
> Menu"
> 1 listed as C:\Documents & Settings\user\My Documents
> this seems to be the same file as "My Documents" listed
> at the very top of the explorer list
>
> do I really need all these different "document" folders--I
> can see it getting REALLY confusing for co-workers wanting
> to send files to my documents folder via the network--
> which one should they be sending the files to?
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