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Windows 7: Windows Explorer Taskbar Icon - Change Open To Target

25 Jan 2009   #19
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Windows Explorer Taskbar Icon - Change Open To Target

How to Change the Windows 7 Pinned Windows Explorer Taskbar Icon Open To Target


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My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Mar 2009   #20
thenext8seconds

Windows 7, of course.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
As a test, try this below. It will remove and replace your current pinned Windows Explorer taskbar icon.
  • Right click on the Windows Explorer icon on the taskbar and click on Unpin this program from the taskbar.
  • Open the Start menu.
  • Click on All Programs, Accessories, and right click on the Windows Explorer shortcut and click on Properties.
  • Change the Target to: %windir%\explorer.exe /root,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
  • Right click on the Windows Explorer shortcut in the Start menu, and click on Pin to Taskbar.
Hopefully it will now only open with the one icon on the taskbar for you now.
nope. just tried it. same damn thing. darn it.

Well I found a workaround I guess I can use until the RC which will hopefully fix it.

I just made a custom toolbar on the taskbar with a shortcut to My Computer... When I click on it, it actually uses the Windows Explorer icon... so I guess it'll have to do for now.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Mar 2009   #21
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Strange,

Have you done any skin customizing or installed anything that may affect the Start menu and taskbar area?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Mar 2009   #22
thenext8seconds

Windows 7, of course.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Strange,

Have you done any skin customizing or installed anything that may affect the Start menu and taskbar area?
no sir
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Mar 2009   #23
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I'm stumped, I'm not sure why it is opening a separate icon like that for you either.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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20 Mar 2009   #24
Dragor1

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) dual boot with Fedora KDE
 
 

I discovered a bug in this tutorial!

I found that if I followed this tutorial and used
%windir%\explorer.exe /root,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} to make Libraries point to My Computer, then after opening My Computer, if I went ahead and opened any drive by double clicking it, it would open in a new window which was very annoying for me!

Then I went back to the CLSID list and saw that the switch /root was used for "Computer" location whereas /n was used for all other locations.

I simply replaced /root in the computer location command by /n to make it:
%windir%\explorer.exe /n,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

And now the drives of My Computer open in the same window!

I think this might fix thenext8seconds 's problem as well!

Hope this helps!

Thanks for your time!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Mar 2009   #25
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Dragor. Tutorial updated.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Mar 2009   #26
thenext8seconds

Windows 7, of course.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Thank you Dragor. Tutorial updated.
Actually yes Dragor, I also had the same problem and realized that changing it to "n" fixed that.

Anyway, I finally figured out a fix for my problem. It must be a bug, unless it's just my computer, but, apparently, unchecking the box for "Store and display recently opened programs in the Start menu" is what was making it use a new button. When I make sure it is checked, it works like its supposed to... hrm... weird.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 May 2009   #27
maxstep

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

Hey!
Have you guys noticed that when you change default location to any that would open computer instead of libraries, that launches an extra explorer.exe every time? So, if you open 5 explorer windows you will have 6 explorer.exe's running? RC maintains the same behaviour. Any way to change the tweak so it wouldn't open new explorer.exe's?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 May 2009   #28
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Maxstep,

If you only click on the Windows Explorer icon on the taskbar, then it will only open one instance of Computer. However, if you right click on the Windows Explorer icon on the taskbar and click on the Windows Explorer in the jump list, then it will open a new instance of Computer everytime by design though.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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20 Jul 2009   #29
thenext8seconds

Windows 7, of course.
 
 

I think I've got a bug here. This happened with the RC 7100, and sure enough is happening with 7600.. It works fine for a while but after using the target to make it open to Computer by default for a few days, it starts flashing yellow automatically every time I click the icon on the taskbar even though there's no reason why it should be doing this.

Has anyone else had this happen to them? I'm quite befuddled and annoyed.

It's apparently not being activated or focused on or whatever.
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