How to find a User Profile folder in Windows 11

This post describes to students and new users a thing or two about user profile in Windows. In Windows, a user profile is a directory containing settings and information related to a user. The profile directory may contain Desktop, Documents, and personal data such as windows and application preferences.

Files and settings in each profile is private to that particular user. Users can not view the profile of another user, unless that user is an administrator or member of the administrators group.

Each user will have a profile folder in the Users folder on Windows system drive Local Disk (C:). In the User folder, each account will have a profile folder name which is the same name as the account name.

For example, an account with username Richard will have a profile folder in the C:\Users directory called C:\Users\Richard.

In Windows, environment variables are words that contain value of something. A user profile path has a variable %USERPROFILE% which contains a path to a user profile folder. If you don’t know you user profile name, simply type the profile environment variable in File Explorer and it will open your profile folder.

How to open a user profile folder in Windows 11

As mentioned above, a user profile folder contains folders, settings and preferences pertaining to each account in Windows. A user profile stored on a computer is often unique to the computer on which it is stored.

In some environment, a user profile is stored on a network server which allows users’ settings, folders and preferences to be used on every computer the user logs on to so there a consistent view and settings.

To view your profile on a computer, simply open File Explorer and select This PC ==> Local Disk (C:) ==> Users folder. In the Users folder is where your user profile folder will be.

If you’re not sure what your username is or your profile folder, you can always get to your profile folder using the environment variable %USERPROFILE%.

In File Explorer, type the profile folder path environment variable and press Enter.

When you do, you will find all your profile folders and configuration settings.

That should do it!


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