Can we change the default Camtasia Studio folder location?

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I saw an old thread asking the same question, but now with version 8.20, we'd like to know can we change the default Camtasia Studio folder location?  It's annoying having directly off of the root drive.

If not, please consider this for a development improvement for future releases.

Thank you!
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I installed to the root drive. Then I copy the installation folder into a RAMdisk and run it out of there. It has given me no issues due to running from a location other than it was installed.
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Hello again,

By default Camtasia Studio 8.20 installs to:

     C:\Program Files (x86)\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio 8

However, it also creates the following folder:

     C:\Camtasia Studio

Or, more specifically:

     C:\Camtasia Studio\Custom Production Presets 8.0

What I'm asking is, is there any way to move:

     C:\Camtasia Studio\Custom Production Presets 8.0

to something like:

     C:\Program Files (x86)\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio 8\Custom Production Presets 8.0

It seems odd to me that a Preset folder would be created off of the root drive upon installation.

Thank you!
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"However, it also creates the following folder:

     C:\Camtasia Studio"

Or, more specifically:

     C:\Camtasia Studio\Custom Production Presets 8.0"

Is your OS customized in a way that does away with My Documents? I do not have that folder in C, but I do have it My Documents.

The answer to your question is yes...

Disclaimer: I do not represent TechSmith and the following advice should only be used by people who have a firm grasp of file structure in Windows. Moving folders, even by way of the sound advice that follows, could lead to unintended consequences and I am not liable for anybody choosing to use it on their own machine.

You can create a symbolic link in windows for any file/directory by using the mklink DOS command. mklink is intended for files, so you will need to use the /d flag when making directories.

1) Make sure Camtasia Studio is closed.
2) Cut the Custom Production Presets 8.0 folder and paste it in C:\Program Files (x86)\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio 8. The next step will not work if the folder remains in its original location.
3) Open up the command prompt by clicking on Start -> Run -> type in cmd -> right click on cmd.exe -> select run as administrator.
4) In the example you've provided, you'd want to type in the following command

mklink /d "C:\Camtasia Studio\Custom Production Presets 8.0" "C:\Program Files (x86)\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio 8\Custom Production Presets 8.0"

Note that quotations are necessary since the directory names have spaces in them. If you have view system files turned on, you will see what looks like a shortcut where the folder used to be. This is a symbolic link. Everything will now treat the second item in that command as if it were the first.

As far as I know, installing Camtasia Studio 8.1.2 creates/uses the following, default directories:

C:\Program Files (x86)\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio 8
C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Local\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio
C:\ProgramData\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio
C:\ProgramData\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio 8
C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\Documents\Camtasia Studio

During MP4 creation, it will also erroneously use C:\Windows\TEMP in between using the user defined Camtasia temp folder and where the user chooses to save the finished render. This is unintended and will be fixed in the next maintenance release. It is mentioned here since Camtasia will not always erase these temp files.

If you choose to follow this advice, please let me know how it goes. As mentioned above, I've moved the actual install folder into my RAMdisk and only just discovered the ProgramData usage and was thinking about moving that as well.

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