How to Restore the Default Location of your Personal Folders in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to restore the default location of their personal folders in their home directories in Windows 11. In previous posts, we showed you how to change the default locations the Downloads folder, and other default folders in your home directory in Windows.

If you want to restore the default locations, the steps below will show you how to do that with just few clicks. When you change the default location or redirect a folder in your home directory, the folder and content will be redirected to the new location, but access will still be as if the folder wasn’t redirected or changed.

Changing or redirecting a home folder is useful in cases where you’re running out of storage space on a partition and want to use a larger partition to store new content.

If you followed our previous posts and change the default locations of your personal folders, you can restore them using the steps below.

How to restore the default location of a personal folder in Windows 11

As mentioned above, one can change or redirect the default location of a personal folder in your home directory. When you do redirect, and you want to restore the previous location, use the steps below to do that.

First, open File Explorer from the Taskbar. When File Explorer opens, type copy and paste shell:UsersFilesFolder into the address bar, and press.


You should see similar folder content as the one below.

This will show all your personal folders. For example, if you previously change or redirected a folder default location, right-click that particular folder, then select Properties.

On the folder Properties windows, under Location, click the Restore Default as highlighted below.

When you do that, Windows 11 prompt you to confirm that you want to change the location, click Yes.

After a few moment, the folder should restored to its default location.

That’s should do it!


This post showed you how to restore a folder in your personal home directory to its default location. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.