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Windows 7: Set a "Windows Explorer" default pointer

15 Apr 2013   #1

windows 7
Set a "Windows Explorer" default pointer

Hello, is there a systems setting where i can specify a default directory that "Windows Explorer" will always got to when i select the "Windows Explorer" icon?

It just seem like i'm continually having to find and select the "C:/" then find the directory i'm mainly working in for the day or week at least 5 times per day!

And so it would be nice to be able to select a key combination and a screen would pop up asking if "Use this current directory as your default directory?'

Thanks for any ideas or maybe i could write a python or powerscipt routine to do this?

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15 Apr 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Hi bobk544 and welcome to Seven Forums.

So basically your looking for a shortcut to a certain directory?
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15 Apr 2013   #3

windows 7

yes pretty much that's it and of course if the same "Windows Explorer" is active that i used before, it will be pointing to where i left off, but it seems like i'm continually having to refind the directory that i mainly am working in for that day and more often for the week!

and i just did some "testing" and it looks like i sometimes have to open 3 or 4 "Windows Explorer" sessions, but often to address files within a given parent directory with many children diriectories and each time i have to reset that parent directory for each newly opened WE.

thanks benjy!
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15 Apr 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

well for instance the way I'm think is like this. If you drag the icon to the desktop that will make a shortcut

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15 Apr 2013   #5

Windows 8 Core X64

Right click on the Windows Explorer icon and select Properties.
On the Shortcut tab, click in the Target field.
Change %windir%\explorer.exe to %windir%\explorer.exe /e,/n,x:\path

is wherever you want it to open to.

For instance, I have mine set to

%windir%\explorer.exe /e,/n,c:\

so Explorer opens to the root of C: rather then Libraries.
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15 Apr 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Just edit the command line on the shortcut you want to use, and add a parameter containing the initially displayed directory you want.

For example, if it reads:
Modifiy it to:
%windir%\explorer.exe c:\windows\system32
For this shortcut to go directly to system upon opening. Enclose that path in quotes if it contains spaces.
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15 Apr 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

I don't think he always want's it to go to this path. I think
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15 Apr 2013   #8

windows 7

Well all of these are worth a try and at least i'm finally trying to do something about it cos all totalled i'd bet i spend 2 weeks per year just reseting that Windows Explorer access setting, so let me try these out and see, but yes benjy you're right because i may change daily in addition to weekly, but let me ask you this, is there a Windows Explorer scripting language like there's a VBA tooling for Word, where if i select a key combination, i can run a script that may even pop up a window like Word VBA does? and that way i could select a key combo, a window would pop up and ask, do you want this directory as your default Windows Explorer directory, after i selected the keys, or actually i wouldn't even need a Y/N cos i would have selected the keys unless i wanted to make that directory my WE default, ok thanks all and let me play around with this, but i quess it makes me now wonder if there is a scripting language that could do this?
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15 Apr 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

I can't answer that. Not that I know of. You could make a .bat file on your desktop to open up a place. But it is easier to do as to what I showed you with the shortcut.
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15 Apr 2013   #10

windows 7

Ok thanks again all, really appreciaite your time and consideration! have a nice wekk!
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