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How to access the user folder on Windows 10

The User folder on Windows 10 is a folder created specifically for each user account that is configured on a Windows 10 system. The folder houses important library folders such as Documents, Pictures, and Downloads, and it also houses the Desktop folder. It’s also where the AppData folder resides. You can open the User Profile folder easily enough i.e., navigate to C:\Users and open your user older. If you’d like an easier way to access the user folder on Windows 10, here are three alternative methods.

Run box

Use the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the run box. Enter either one of the following, and tap enter to open the User folder for the current user.




Navigation panel in File Explorer

Right-click an empty area on the navigation panel in File Explorer. From the context menu, select the ‘Show all folders’ and your user profile will be added as a location in the navigation bar.

Each time you open File Explorer, you will be able to quickly access it from the navigation panel. This method will add a few other folders to the navigation panel so, if you don’t want the clutter, visit your User profile folder, right-click it, and select the ‘Pin to Quick Access’ option instead.

Create a desktop shortcut or Start menu tile

Right-click in an empty area on the desktop and select New>Shortcut. In the ‘Location’ field, enter the complete path to your user profile folder. Click Next, and the name of the folder will automatically be added. You can use this shortcut to quickly open your User folder, or you can right-click it and select the Pin to Start option to pin it as a tile to the Start menu. If you choose to pin the folder to the Start menu, you can delete the shortcut on your desktop once the tile has been pinned.

Remember that all user folders reside in the following location and the folder is really just a simple folder. There’s nothing especially extraordinary about it which means you can access it in any other way that you access a frequently used folder. You can, for example, also pin the user folder to the File Explorer jumplist.


If you have admin rights on a system, you can use the shortcut method to quickly access the user profile folder of another user though you might still be prompted to authenticate with the admin password. The other two methods won’t work for other user folders but the shortcut method will.

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