Error “The folder can’t be moved here” for Documents and Pictures Folders, Caused by OneDrive

If you’ve OneDrive options set to save documents and pictures in OneDrive, instead of This PC, the shell folders Documents, Pictures, and its three sub-folders Saved Pictures, Camera Roll, Screenshots are redirected to the OneDrive folder. With this setting on, the user can’t use the Location tab for each of these special folders to Move them or Restore default location. In doing so, Access is denied error occurs with the message The folder can’t be moved here.

And, any file save operations for documents and pictures are redirected to OneDrive’s Documents and Pictures folders respectively, and screenshots taken using WinKey + PrintScr are now saved to the OneDrive\Pictures\Screenshots folder.

The Quick access links for Documents and Music now point to OneDrive’s Documents and Music. To revert back to the default location, change your settings in OneDrive.



How to Restore the Default Paths for Special Folders

  1. Right-click the OneDrive icon in the Notification area and click Settings.
  2. Select the Backup tab, and click Manage Backup.
    onedrive folder direction stop backup
  3. In the Manage folder backup dialog, click on the Stop backup link under the special folder (Desktop, Documents, or Pictures)
    onedrive folder direction stop backup
  4. Click Stop backup in the confirmation dialog that appears.
    onedrive folder direction stop backup
    onedrive folder direction stop backup
  5. Repeat the same for every special folder if required.

This resets the default shell folder paths for Documents, Desktop, and Pictures.

Still Doesn’t work?

If the above method doesn’t help, you may need to edit the registry to reset the folder paths. Visit page default special folder paths, and download the registry fix #3 and run it, or to fix it manually refer table #3 in the same article.


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4 thoughts on “Error “The folder can’t be moved here” for Documents and Pictures Folders, Caused by OneDrive”

  1. What about Music files? And oh by the way, the screens you showed must now be obsolete, because that’s NOT what’s coming up on my Windows 10 when I went to one drive and clicked on ‘settings”!

    Reply
    • @Marilyn: You can now go to settings and click on Backup > Manage Backup and Stop backing up the Desktop, Pictures, and Documents.

  2. There is no option for me to stop backup for photos. It shows the same screen but without the link under “Pictures” and it does not say “Files backed up”. However my pictures folder is still located at my onedrive and I’m not sure what to do from here

    Reply
    • I´m not sure if you still need it, but I found a way to solve this issue. I had the same problem you did and managed to fix it by first creating said backup for the photos, and then the option to stop backup will show.
      Hope it helps!

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