Move PSP Work Files/Folders out of My Documents

Postby ExTexan on Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:22 pm

Since My Documents is where I put all my *useful* files/folders, I like to keep it clean and organized. I don't want it cluttered up with folders that programs are using to store "work" files, as is the case with PSP. I went to preferences and laboriously changed ALL File Locations to the user/my-name/appdata/...etc. area. But when I saved, exited and reloaded PSP, those folders were created again. Checking the File Locations in preferences again showed that the appdata ones I had put in were still the top (primary) folder option, but the ones directing the files to "documents" had been created again as the third entry in each category.

How can I keep these folders/files OUT of My Documents?
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Re: Move PSP Work Files/Folders out of My Documents

Postby Kathy_9 on Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:05 pm

This has come up a number of times and there is no way to stop this from happening. BTW, I don't like this behavior either.
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Re: Move PSP Work Files/Folders out of My Documents

Postby photodrawken on Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:33 pm

ExTexan wrote:How can I keep these folders/files OUT of My Documents?

Don't sweat the small stuff.

Running only PSPX5 here, the total size of that My Documents\PaintShopPro folder is 1.08Mb. Since the directory is also obviously named, it's easy to ignore it when you're browsing....
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Re: Move PSP Work Files/Folders out of My Documents

Postby ExTexan on Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:43 am

Ken,

Don't be so quick to decide for others what is "small stuff" or not. Corel is just one of several culprits that do this. All those extraneous folders clutter up what should be a clean, simple list of the folders I DO use. In any case, those files should be in appdata (following the "Windows way").

Kathy,

My not-so-satisfactory work-around was to simply make it a hidden folder. Maybe that will work for you until Corel starts playing by the rules.
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Re: Move PSP Work Files/Folders out of My Documents

Postby photodrawken on Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:54 am

ExTexan wrote:following the "Windows way"

Well, there's a "Windows way" and there's a "Windows way". Visual Studio and SQL Server both use the My Documents directory, and the last time I checked they were both Microsoft programs....
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Re: Move PSP Work Files/Folders out of My Documents

Postby flagpole on Sun Aug 25, 2013 12:03 pm

I don't like it either. but there is nothing you an do.

you need to accept that the My Documents folder is not yours. it's a system folder and part of the windows developer guidelines is that programs store their documents there if they want you to be able to access them.

i have 33 folders in My Docs created by installed applications. it's not worth fighting it.

if you want to keep it clean then create a sub folder and use that.
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Re: Move PSP Work Files/Folders out of My Documents

Postby hartpaul on Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:09 am

Or place a shortcut in My Documents to a separate folder where you can keep your "useful files / folders"
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Re: Move PSP Work Files/Folders out of My Documents

Postby ExTexan on Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:49 am

flagpole wrote:you need to accept that the My Documents folder is not yours.


If it's not "mine"... why is it named "MY Documents"?

flagpole wrote:...programs store their documents there if they want you to be able to access them.


I'm fine with that. But I've been using PSP for *years* and have never once needed to navigate into the folders/files under that PSP folder in My Documents. That's why I said they should be in appdata, which is where *those* sort of files need to be - out of sight, out of mind (and out of my way).
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Re: Move PSP Work Files/Folders out of My Documents

Postby Forriner on Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:00 pm

ExTexan wrote:
flagpole wrote:you need to accept that the My Documents folder is not yours.


If it's not "mine"... why is it named "MY Documents"?



You didn't name it, Microsoft did a long time ago, when they dumbed Windows down so Apple users would find a switch easier ;) It was almost a reason for me not to install XP :)
So it isn't 'yours', it's Microsoft's. It's about the only place developers at the time could be sure that a user had rights to write files, so they wrote there. And you can see by the real problems here in this forum, changing that is the least of Corel's worries, and changing it would probably break it.
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