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Windows 7: Changing default directory in file manager?

25 Jan 2011   #1
DarrenDriven

Windows 7 Basic 32bit
 
 
Changing default directory in file manager?

I searched on this one, but I am having a touch time getting the right search terms.

I open the WIndows 7 file manager by right-clicking on the start button and then choosing Open Windows Explorer. It always defaults to Libraries, but I would rather it defaulted to C:\

Is there a way to change this?


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25 Jan 2011   #2
ie9

Windows 7 Ultimate (SP1)
 
 

No, I don't think so. I recall another member wanting to accomplish the same thing if memory serves
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25 Jan 2011   #3
DarrenDriven

Windows 7 Basic 32bit
 
 

Hm. That seems silly. I know that I can put a new shortcut on my taskbar that will open a specific folder, but I have enough crap in my taskbar already. Darn.
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25 Jan 2011   #4
ie9

Windows 7 Ultimate (SP1)
 
 

What you could do is change the folder icon in your taskbar to open to C:\

Close windows on that icon if there are any open > Hold down shift and then right click > select properties > change target to C:\

Or you could try using quick launch: Quick Launch - Enable or Disable
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25 Jan 2011   #5
DarrenDriven

Windows 7 Basic 32bit
 
 

Thanks guys, what I wanted was to have Windows Explorer open a default location when I started the program my usual way. Instead it looks like I will have to alter my habits and put another icon in my taskbar.

Thanks for the link to the quick launch stuff, I might go that direction.
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31 Jan 2011   #6
Cov

Windos 7 x64
 
 

Hi, I hope I don't misunderstand the question but here is how I changed the windows explorer standard folder:

Right click: windows explorer ► properties ► change target to:

Quote:
%windir%\explorer.exe /n, /e, d:\
► ok

Everytime I start windows explorer the default folder is no longer Librarys but the root of my second hard drive = d:\

Was it that what you were looking for ?
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31 Jan 2011   #7
ie9

Windows 7 Ultimate (SP1)
 
 

He was actually looking for a way to change it when you right click on the start menu and then select 'Open Windows Explorer'
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31 Jan 2011   #8
Cov

Windos 7 x64
 
 

Oh, now I see.
When I right click on start, I can select either "Properties" or "open Windows Explorer".
Never knew that. Windows is still a miracle to me.
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31 Jan 2011   #9
ie9

Windows 7 Ultimate (SP1)
 
 

Lol, it would be a miracle to change the directory from that right click menu
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31 Jan 2011   #10
DarrenDriven

Windows 7 Basic 32bit
 
 

That is what blows my mind. I changed it on Vista I think, or maybe it was before that on XP. It was just a simple registry key change. Grrrr...
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