Default User Data Folders

The 11 visible data folders are as follows:

• Contacts This folder first appeared in Windows Vista and was designed to store contact information used by Windows Mail. It is not used by any programs included in Windows 7 and is maintained for compatibility purposes with third-party personal information management programs

• Desktop This folder contains items that appear on the user's desktop, including files and shortcuts . (A Public counterpart also contributes items to the desktop .) A link to this location appears by default in the Favorites section of the navigation pane .

• Downloads This folder, which was introduced in Windows Vista and has no predecessor in Windows XP, is the default location for storing items downloaded from websites. A link to this location appears by default in the Favorites section of the navigation pane.

• Favorites This folder contains Internet Explorer favorites. To open it quickly in Windows Explorer, use the shortcut shelhfavorites.

• Links This folder contains shortcuts that appear under the Favorites heading in the navigation pane. You can create shortcuts here directly, but it's easier to drag items from a file list or the address bar directly into the navigation pane.

• My Documents This folder is the default location for storing user documents in most applications

• My Music This folder is the default location for ripped CD tracks . Most third-party music programs store downloaded tracks in a subfolder here.

• My Pictures This folder is the default storage location for programs that transfer images from external devices (such as digital cameras).

• My Videos This folder is the default location for programs that transfer video data from external devices.

• Saved Games This folder is the default storage location for game programs that can save a game in progress. All games included in the Windows 7 Games Explorer use this folder.

Searches This folder stores saved search specifications, allowing you to reuse previous searches

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