Windows 7 : missing location tab on user document folder

By | March 24, 2011

With Windows 7, it is possible to change the My Document, My Music, My Video, Favorites, Desktop, etc. user folders location to another easily by doing a right click on the folder and click on the “Location” tab.

But, in some rare circumstances, such as changing the destination drive letter, you may occur serious problem.  Folder will switch to the default location and the “Location” tab option will completely disappear!

To get it back, you must manually edit the registry (regedit) by doing the following:

Go to >

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ User Shell Folders

And then change every value to the default >


(change “folder_name” value with the right folder name without the quotes)


Importantly, make sure that the Value type is REG_EXPAND_SZ, as we’re using an expandable string (%userprofile%) in the Value data. If the value is already set as REG_SZ, delete it and create a new value of the correct type.