Removing the Public Documents folder

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 21 March 2013 / Last Updated on 21 March 2013]

How to remove the Public Documents folder from the list of libraries on computers running Windows 7.

Problem: You've deployed Windows 7 on the client computers in your environment, and you want to remove the Public Documents folder from the list of libraries on these computers so users won't accidentally store documents in this folder on their computers. How can you do this?

Solution: You can use the Shell Library Command Line (ShLib.exe) command-line tool in the SDK to create and modify libraries on Windows 7 computers. The Grim Admin has a good explanation of how to do this here:

http://www.grimadmin.com/article.php/creating-modifying-windows-7-libraries 

Mitch Tulloch is an eight-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  For more information see http://www.mtit.com

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