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

27 Dec 2012   #120

Windows 7 Professional

All of these solutions result in an extra instance of the explorer.exe process each time the modified shortcut is used, and they accumulate until you logoff.

A simpler and better solution is simply to replace all of the "Windows Explorer.lnk" shortcuts throughout the system with an ordinary folder shortcut named "Windows Explorer.lnk" that points to whatever folder you've chosen.

Here's a little procedure that does this for Windows 7 and 8, where the replacement shortcut points to the %USERPROFILE% folder. The standard admonition should you try this is to first make a restore point as a precaution.

Once unzipped, you can use 7zip to look inside the resulting .exe (which is a 7z SFX) and see what it does and that nothing nefarious is inside.

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27 Dec 2012   #121

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AsokAsus View Post
All of these solutions result in an extra instance of the explorer.exe process each time the modified shortcut is used, and they accumulate until you logoff....
If you use the /N switch, then you should get a new instance...
...if you don't use that switch, then you should not get a new instance.

The new instances of explorer should go away soon after closing the explorer window.

There are good reasons to want/use a 2nd or 3rd instance of explorer :-)
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20 Feb 2013   #122

Make Computer Default across all users

I have some machines that have a dozen users. Is there a way for me to change the target directory to "Computer" across all users in one operation, rather than having to open each user and change the Windows Explorer target 2 times for each user?
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20 Feb 2013   #123

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Richard, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Not that I'm aware of.

However, you might see if using the tutorial below may work as a workaround for you. You could set a taskbar to have a pinned items you want it on one computer as a generic template, back up the pinned items on the taskbar, and restore the backup on each user account to make their taskbar to be the same. Of course, you will not be able to have pinned programs included if they are not installed on the other computers.

Taskbar - Backup and Restore Pinned Items in Windows 7

Hope this helps some,
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06 Apr 2013   #124

Win7 Pro x64

Shawn, fantastic tips! Thanks.

I'm trying to get Win Exp. to open to FAVORITES, not MyFavorites (under my user name) but the new section that appears at the very top of Win Exp. navigation pane. I was able to drag the Favorites to the desktop and create a shortcut, but was then unable to pin it to my taskbar.

Any suggestions? Thank you in advance.

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06 Apr 2013   #125

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Joe, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could use the path below to have it open to Favorites at the top of the navigation pane.

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}

Favorites Shortcut - Create
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07 Apr 2013   #126

Win7 Pro x64


Bleeping Fantastic!!! Thanks very much. Works perfectly!

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07 Apr 2013   #127

Win7 Pro x64

Well...almost perfect.

When I pin it to the Taskbar and then click on the icon to open it, it opens a second Icon on task bar. Other icons just "illuminate" when opened from the Taskbar and if I open multiple instances, the subsequent instances are stacked behind the first icon on the taskbar...something is still a little goofy. Any thoughts as to why?

Thank you again.

Joe B.
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07 Apr 2013   #128

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

No worries.

If you have another pinned explorer shortcut to the left of this pinned Favorites that also uses explorer, then the pinned Favorites will open a new window each time it's clicked, and the taskbar thumbnail preview for them will show on the pinned explorer at the farthest left. This is normal.

For what you want, you could drag the pinned Favorites to be the farthest left one instead, but then you would have the same issue with any other pinned explorer items to the right of the pinned Favorites.

One solution would be to unpin all pinned explorer items on the taskbar except the pinned Favorites.
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12 Apr 2013   #129

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

This is awesome Brink, this is what I wanted to do from the past hundred years, lol but never cared to find a solution. Suddenly reached here through benjy's link. Thankyou man. But the fact that a new explorer.exe opens up is pretty bad, any workaround?
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