I recently setup a computer for a user who likes to store a lot of files on their desktop. However, this is bad if those files aren’t being backed up. I’m a big proponent of using OneDrive, especially since my organization uses Office 365 and they give you 1TB of storage for free for each user license you purchase.

I suggested the user move their desktop files to OneDrive to give them a backup and access from other places, and they mentioned how they are more comfortable with the desktop because they get used to where certain folders and files are organized visually.

It turns out that you can map any folder to the desktop, and it’s easy:

  1. Open Windows Explorer (Win + e)
  2. Right-Click Desktop and choose “Properties”
  3. Click the “Location” tab
  4. Type the location of the directory you want to be the “Desktop” (or click “Move” and browse to the folder)
  5. Click OK

That’s it.

For the user I mentioned above, I created a folder called “Desktop” in their OneDrive for Business folder and mapped the Desktop to that location. Now there are backups and they can use the desktop as they always have.

H/T to this post for the knowledge: Can you change the location of the Desktop folder in Windows?