My computer & My documents


My Computer

My Computer shows you the contents of your floppy disk, hard disk, CD-ROM drive, and network drives. You can also search for and open files and folders, and gain access to options in Control Panel to modify your computer’s settings.

Open My Computer.

  • To open My Computer, click Start, and then click My Computer.

My Documents

My Documents make it easier for an administrator to back up user files and manage user accounts by collecting many or all of a user’s files in one location.

In Windows NT 4.0 and 3.x, an assigned home folder became a user’s default folder for the Open and Save As dialog boxes, for command prompt sessions, and for all programs without a defined working folder. An assigned home folder could be a local folder on a user’s computer or a shared folder on the network, and could be assigned to a single user or many users.

In Windows 2000 and Windows XP, the My Documents folder is an alternative for home folders but does not replace them. When a user tries to save or open a file, most programs determine whether to use the home folder or My Documents in one of two ways:

  • Some programs first look in the home folder for files that match the type of file that is to be opened or saved (for example, *.doc or *.txt). If a file with that extension is found, the program opens the home folder and ignores My Documents. If a file of that type is not found, the program opens My Documents.
  • In other programs, the home folder is ignored, regardless of whether the home folder contains any files.



When Windows 2000 or Windows XP is installed over a version of Windows NT, programs that have stored documents in the home folder will continue to open and save documents in the home folder. However, if the program is installed after Windows 2000 or Windows XP was installed, or if the program was never used to create a file in Windows NT, the program uses My Documents to open and save files


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