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Damn! I have to share this tip

The way I organize my files, folders and everything else on my desktop, including my laptop, is that I keep all data files and everything else on a different drive than the operating system / program files. This definitely helps me in doing a very easy, click-clack-click format of my primary installation drive and be up and running fast enough with every of my data intact and all setting in place in a considerable quick time. Actually, I have a whole drive just for the program installation and another separate drive for my data files (40 GB for the Programs/OS + 80 GB for the data drive, with my current desktop configuration).
Before going further, let me add that I am on a windows box and this post is invalid for other operating system.
“My Documents” can always be assigned a different location by just firing its properties > and giving a desired target location and so also for “Temporary Internt Files”. In fact, I really do not like default of a program installation. I even have my Actionscript syntax file loaded everytime Textpad starts from a different location. The only hiccup that I usually stumble upon is the “Favorites” of my bookmarks in Internet Explorer which I miss in some way or the other during a fresh installation. But today I just figured this out too and damn I am happpy to find this out, thus share the same with you.
Be warned : It is said that the Windows Registry is not to be played around and not intended for the weak heart, so back up your registry before you do that. I am not responsible for anything stupid you do. But if you follow the steps, no need to worry, everything will be a breeze.
Steps to changing the “Favorites” Folder location :
0 Start > Run and type “regedit”
1 Go down to “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Explorer\User Shell Folders”
2 You will see many other customizable folder besides the “Favorites”, now change the “Favorites” folder location by double clicking on the “Favorites” value name on the right pane.
That is it, close the Registry and open a new IE window, you have your Favorites folder pointed to where you wanted. You may wish to create a folder called “Favorites” on another driver or location before doing the whole steps.

22 Comments

  1. Hi rajeshwar,
    good tip. i really wanted it. buy the way how was the bombay mx2004 launch? you been there? I decided to take the developer certification exam on oct 22. Just two days before diwali. installed 2004 trial. I believe this JSFL is going to do a lot. I might need help from you in collecting details about macromedia central/usergroups/blogs. which are in line after the exam. feeling great to keep in touch with you

  2. Hi rajeshwar,
    good tip. i really wanted it. buy the way how was the bombay mx2004 launch? you been there? I decided to take the developer certification exam on oct 22. Just two days before diwali. installed 2004 trial. I believe this JSFL is going to do a lot. I might need help from you in collecting details about macromedia central/usergroups/blogs. which are in line after the exam. feeling great to keep in touch with you

  3. You can change the default folder for AMNY user related data, BUT:
    Do you know of a way to change the %userProfile% definition? I mean that all the "documents and settings" (Including My Music, Application Data...) will be stored on a seperate drive?

  4. You can change the default folder for AMNY user related data, BUT:
    Do you know of a way to change the %userProfile% definition? I mean that all the "documents and settings" (Including My Music, Application Data...) will be stored on a seperate drive?

  5. Thats a good tip.

    Btw, I'm a budding RIA developer from Kolkata and have been following brajeshwar from his site version 2.

    I'll be in Mumbai arnd end of Nov .. any chance of meeting the man who owns this site in person???

    catch me at [email protected]

  6. Thats a good tip.

    Btw, I'm a budding RIA developer from Kolkata and have been following brajeshwar from his site version 2.

    I'll be in Mumbai arnd end of Nov .. any chance of meeting the man who owns this site in person???

    catch me at [email protected]

  7. Wow, that is a nice thing to know that you are a loyal visitor of my site. You can definitely catch up with me in person, blood and flesh, nothing fancy though, just another developer like you. I will respond to your e-mail as fast as I received the same and as late as within 24 hrs (worst case scenario). Mail me offlist personaly to know my personal contact number.

  8. Wow, that is a nice thing to know that you are a loyal visitor of my site. You can definitely catch up with me in person, blood and flesh, nothing fancy though, just another developer like you. I will respond to your e-mail as fast as I received the same and as late as within 24 hrs (worst case scenario). Mail me offlist personaly to know my personal contact number.

  9. Theres even a better way, you can hook up folders from different drive. Its really useful, for instance I "moved" MM pathless .as include folder to where I keep my projects for quick and painless access. Worth trying out. only on NTFS file s?stem tho.

  10. Theres even a better way, you can hook up folders from different drive. Its really useful, for instance I "moved" MM pathless .as include folder to where I keep my projects for quick and painless access. Worth trying out. only on NTFS file s?stem tho.

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  13. Thanks for the tip. FOr me it's folders > Folders > and a LOT more folders and a lot of shortcuts :)

  14. Thanks for the tip. FOr me it's folders > Folders > and a LOT more folders and a lot of shortcuts :)

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  17. HHMM I CHANGED THE FILE TO D:Favorites and it dose not work. so is there a special way to address it. would i just add the d: in front of the %useprofile%/Favorites????

  18. HHMM I CHANGED THE FILE TO D:\Favorites and it dose not work. so is there a special way to address it. would i just add the d:\ in front of the %useprofile%/Favorites????

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