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 in the special folder properties to move them or restore the default location. In doing so, Access is denied — The folder can’t be moved here error would appear.
(This article was last reviewed in Sep 2020 and the steps are verified to work in Windows 10 v 2004.)
Also, any file save operations for documents and pictures are redirected to OneDrive’s Documents and Pictures folders respectively. And, the screenshots taken using
PrintScr are now saved to the
The Quick access links for Documents and Music now point to OneDrive’s Documents and Music. To revert to the default location, change your settings in OneDrive.
How to Restore the Default Paths for Special Folders
- Right-click the OneDrive icon in the Notification area and click Settings.
- Select the Backup tab, and click Manage Backup.
- In the Manage folder backup dialog, click on the Stop backup link under the special folder (Desktop, Documents, or Pictures)
- Click Stop backup in the confirmation dialog that appears.
- Repeat the same for the other shell folders if required.
Important: When you stop backing up a folder, the files that were already backed up by OneDrive stay in OneDrive. If you no longer want those files in OneDrive, you’ll need to move them manually to a local folder on your computer. Any new files you add to that folder on your PC won’t be backed up by OneDrive.
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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