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Windows 7: How to change default location when opening explore

14 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7, 64 bit
 
 
How to change default location when opening explore

When I open Explore, it opens at Desktop/Libraries. Since I do 99% of my work in a single folder C:/Work, I want it to open there.

Have searched online and in forums with no luck.

(Also similar problem on my Vista 64 machine... opens to Roaming/Windows/Microsoft/StartMenu

thx

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14 Dec 2011   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

The following works in Windows 7 to force Explorer to open in the root of D.

You should be able to modify it to make it open in C:\Work.

Right click explorer icon on taskbar, then right click explorer in the jumplist and choose properties.

%windir%\explorer.exe /e, root,d:\

Enter the above string in the target box to force explorer to open in the root of D:

See:

Windows Explorer Taskbar Icon - Change Open To Target

The following may work also:

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N, /E, D:
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14 Dec 2011   #3

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Right click Windows Explorer and select properties. You can edit the "target" to anything. In your case, my personal preference would be
C:\Windows\explorer.exe /e, /n, C:\Work
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14 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Pro 32bit / Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If you un-pin Explorer from your task bar, follow the instructions above and open the program to the folder of your choice. Re-pin Explorer BACK to the task bar and it will open back up to the folder of your choice. I AM curious about the /e and /n switches. I didn't include those when I modified my Explorer shortcut, and the program loads directly to my 'My Documents' folder -- NOT the junction point copy of that folder located under libraries.

I do use libraries on my home desktop computer, BUT NOT on my portable. Can either one of you gurus explain the extra switches?

Be Well,
RȘnce
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14 Dec 2011   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

From the link I used:

"The /e switch shows the left Windows Explorer tree view in the navigation pane together with the right pane in list view, while /n hides the left navigation pane."
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14 Dec 2011   #6

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Here is the whole lot, from Microsoft's pages:

Explorer.exe c:\ Open directory as a single pain of icons
Explorer.exe /e,c:\ Explore drive as 2 lists - directories on left & files on right
Explorer.exe /e,/root,c:\ Explore drive without showing other drives
Explorer.exe /n,/e,/select Opens showing only drives
Explorer.exe /e,/idlist,%I,%L From Folder\..\Explore in the registry (%I - ID number %L - Long filename)
Explorer.exe /e,DriveOrDirectory
Explorer.exe /e,/root,directory,sub-directory
Explorer.exe /e,/root,directory,/select,sub-directory
/e List (explorer) view, Show large icons if missing (Open view)
/root Sets the top level folder.
/select Specifies that the directory should be selected without displaying its contents.
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14 Dec 2011   #7

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SundRance View Post
If you un-pin Explorer from your task bar, follow the instructions above and open the program to the folder of your choice. Re-pin Explorer BACK to the task bar and it will open back up to the folder of your choice. I AM curious about the /e and /n switches. I didn't include those when I modified my Explorer shortcut, and the program loads directly to my 'My Documents' folder -- NOT the junction point copy of that folder located under libraries.

I do use libraries on my home desktop computer, BUT NOT on my portable. Can either one of you gurus explain the extra switches?

Be Well,
RȘnce
There is no need to unpin. Right click the icon on the taskbar, and then right click Windows explorer again on the drop down menu.
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14 Dec 2011   #8

Windows 7 Pro 32bit / Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Very good, thank you.
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