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?

Right-click the OneDrive icon in the Notification area and click Settings. Click the Auto save tab. In Documents and Pictures, select This PC only for both Documents and Pictures.

This resets the default folder paths for Documents 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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