The “My Documents” special folder feature of Windows helps users to separate their programs from their data.

 

The default location for “My Documents”  is a few levels down in the Explorer hierarchy

C:\Documents and Settings\calvinh\My Documents

Explorer shows a shortcut to “My Documents” for easy access.

 

However, I like shorter paths, so the first thing I do with a new machine is to right-click on “My Documents”, choose Properties and change the “Target Folder Location” to something like “d:\calvinh”

 

Now when I want to access that folder from another machine, I can just type \\calvinh6\d$\calvinh

 

(Beware, now instead of “My Documents\My Pictures” you will see “calvinh’s Pictures”)