This post shows students and new users steps to locate and use the Videos folder in Windows 11. The Videos folder is one of the default system folders created for each user in Windows 11 that is used as a default location to save one’s videos and other recording files.
The Videos folder is important, although not critical. It simply provides a unified storage location for saved Videos and recording data so you don’t go looking everywhere to find content you saved on your computer.
When you import videos and other recordings, Windows will attempt to automatically store them in your Videos folder. This is the default behaviour in Windows.
If you are an administrator, you can also use folder redirection to modify or change the location of Videos to reside on a network share or on another partition.
The Videos folder was previously known as My videos in previous versions of Windows. In Windows 10 and 11, it is now known simply as Videos.
To get started with finding the Videos folder in Windows 11, follow the steps below.
How to locate the Videos folder in Windows 11
In Windows, the default location for the Videos folder is in each user’s profile is at C:\Users\<username>\Videos.
Replacing <username> with your Windows account name. Windows also allows users to change or move Videos or other personal folders to a different location anytime.
Depending on how you have customized your Start menu, links to the Videos folder may appear on your Start menu. If you click the Videos option on the Start menu, Windows opens an Explorer window to display the Videos library.
You can also browse to the Videos folder via File Explorer. File Explorer icons is the button with the folder icon on the taskbar.
In File Explorer, the Videos folder has a shortcut in the navigation pane on the left under Quick access.
This is the quickest way to get to the Videos folder in Windows. One can also click the This PC ==> Local Disk (C:) ==> Users ==> <username> ==> Videos to get to the Videos folder.
Replacing <username> with your Windows account name.
Another way to quickly get to your Videos folder is via your user profile folder. Use the the user profile variable to go to your profile folder and find all folders in your home directory.
How to add the Videos folder on the Start menu in Windows 11
Windows also allows users to add the Videos or other personal folders to the Start menu button for ease and quick access.
To add the Videos folder to the Start menu, use the steps below:
- Press Windows key + I to bring up the Windows Settings app.
- Navigate to Personalization ==> Start tile, then under Folders, choose which folders appear on Start next to the Power button.
Now the Videos folder will appear on the Start menu next to the Power button.
This is another quick way to access the Videos folder in Windows 11.
As mentioned above, one can move the Videos folder to other locations, or change settings in applications to choose a different folder to save files and new content. Your Videos folder is also in your Libraries which can be enabled using few clicks.
That’s should do it!
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