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Customization Windows Explorer Default Opening

Brink

Staff member
mvp
Windows Explorer Default Opening How to Change Windows Explorer Default Open Location in Vista
This will show you how to set Windows Explorer to open to another location other than the default (your username) Documents folder.
Published by Brink Category: Customization 
#1
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How to Change Windows Explorer Default Open Location in Vista
Synopsis
This will show you how to set Windows Explorer to open to another location other than the default (your username) Documents folder.
How to Change Windows Explorer Default Open Location in Vista

information   Information
This will show you how to set Windows Explorer to open to another location other than the default C:\Users\(your username)\Documents folder location. For more information on this, see: Microsoft Help and Support: KB130510
Note   Note
This doesn't change the location for Computer in the Start Menu. You could also just create a shortcut from the Windows Explorer EXE location (%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe or C:\Windows\explorer.exe) and use it. Just right click on the exe file and click on Send To and Desktop (create shortcut), then move the shortcut to where you like.
Tip   Tip
Creating a shortcut to the desired location instead would be much easier to do if applicable. ;)

EXAMPLE: Default Windows Explorer Target Open Location
Default.jpg Default_Location.jpg

Here's How:
1. Open the Start Menu.
2. Click on All Programs. (At bottom)​
3. Click on the Accessories folder to expand it.​
4. Right click Windows Explorer and click on Properties.​
NOTE: If you do not have this shortcut for Explorer here, then you can create a new shortcut from: C:\Windows\explorer.exe.
5. In the Target: area, you would type the path below. (see screenshots below)​
NOTE: Substitute the [/n,] [options] [folder path] part of the path below with the path that you want to use instead in the NOTE and TIP boxes below.​
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe [/n,] [options] [folder path]

Note   Note
See the Example sections below.
Note   Note

  • /n = Opens a new Windows Explorer window.
  • OPTIONS:
    • /root = Has only the selected folder and it's subfolders at the top in the folder tree.
    • /select = Has the folder's parent folder selected in the folder tree.



EXAMPLE A
To Open to the C:\ Drive
A) You would type in the location below in the Target area. (See screenshots below)​
Code:
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, c:\
Drive_Target.jpg Drive.jpg





EXAMPLE B
To Open to the C:\ Drive as the Root in the Folder Tree
B) You would type in the location below in the Target area. (See screenshots below)​
Code:
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /root, c:\
Root_Drive_Target.jpg Root_Drive.jpg





EXAMPLE C
To Open to a Specific Folder (Ex: Downloads Folder)
C) You would type in the location below in the Target area. (See screenshots below)​
NOTE: Instead of using the path c:\Users\(your username)\Downloads, you can use the full path of the folder you want to have opened instead after %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /root,.​
Code:
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /root, c:\ /select, c:\Users\(your username)\Downloads
Folder_Target.jpg Folder_Select.jpg





EXAMPLE D
To Open the Same as Computer (Start menu)
D) You would type in the location belowin the Target area. (See screenshots below)​
Code:
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, c:\, /select
Computer_Target.jpg Computer.jpg


Tip   Tip
You can also copy and paste a path below into the Target area in step 5 above to have Windows Explorer open to these locations.
Tip   Tip

  • Windows Explorer (default)
    • Code:
      %SystemRoot%\explorer.ex
  • Computer
    • Code:
      %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /root,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
  • Documents
    • Code:
      %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}
  • Recycle Bin
    • Code:
      %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
  • Network Neighborhood
    • Code:
      %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
  • Default Web Browser (ex: Internet Explorer)
    • Code:
      %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}
  • Computer Search Results Folder
    • Code:
      %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{1F4DE370-D627-11D1-BA4F-00A0C91EEDBA}
  • Network Search Results Folder
    • Code:
      %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{E17D4FC0-5564-11D1-83F2-00A0C90DC849}
  • Web Folders
    • Code:
      %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{BDEADF00-C265-11D0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F}
  • Control Panel
    • Code:
      %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}
  • Printers and Faxes
    • Code:
      %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
  • Scanners and Cameras
    • Code:
      %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{E211B736-43FD-11D1-9EFB-0000F8757FCD}
  • Fonts
    • Code:
      %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524152}
  • Network Connections or My Network Place
    • Code:
      %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E}
  • Administrative Tools
    • Code:
      %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}
  • Tasks Scheduler
    • Code:
      %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}

6. Click on OK in Properties to apply.​
7. To make using the Windows Explorer shortcut easier to use, you might Pin it to the Start Menu.​
That's it,
Shawn




 
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BobF

New Member
#2
Works just great on the shortcut it's applied to. Right-click on the start circle and the entry "explore" is visible. That doesn't appear to be a shortcut to which this procedure can be applied. Mine opens in an unuseful place "C:\Users\Bob\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu"
How do I change that "explore" ?
 

Brink

Staff member
mvp
#3
Hi Bob,

This will how you to change the Start menu button's Explore context menu item open location.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/89829-start-menu-customize-context-menu.html#post1049177


You can also add Windows Explorer to the Start Menu context menu. This tutorial will show you how to.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/89829-start-menu-customize-context-menu.html

In step 6, type Windows Explorer.

In step 10, use the same example above, that you used for your Windows Explorer shortcut, for the full path.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
#4
Hi,

I had tried all this in my Vista Business SP1, it doesn't work. Can anyone tell me why?
Tried to change to C:, to Downloads, all doesn't work.
Always to default C:\Users\SAW LWIN\Documents.

Please help!!!
 

Brink

Staff member
mvp
#5
Hello Sawlwin,

Did you type: (Example C)

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /root, c:\ /select, c:\Users\SAW LWIN\Downloads

in the Target area?

Shawn
 
#6
Hi Brink,

Thanks for you quick reply. Yes. I type as above & it's working now.
The reason behind is I don't create a new shortcut again after I change target. This is where I get problem.

The deafult shorcut at taskbar will never change setting no matter how I change target in Explorer Properties.

rgds,
Saw Lwin
 
#8
I just can't seem to get this to work. I have followed all the steps. I want to set Windows Explorer to open to
C:\A-My Files.
I entered the string
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /root, c:\My Files.
But it still opens all the folders under c:\ and it still opens the "Users" folder.
This seems to be such a basic preference selection that I'm surpirsed Microsoft makes it so hard to do.
Thank you,
Bruce



I entered the string to have only
Hello Sawlwin,

Did you type: (Example C)

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /root, c:\ /select, c:\Users\SAW LWIN\Downloads

in the Target area?

Shawn
 

Brink

Staff member
mvp
#9
Hi BJanke, and welcome to Vista Forums.

If the folder location is at C:\A-My Files, then you would need to use this instead for example B:

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /root, C:\A-My Files

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
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#10
It opens C:\ (which is okay if I can't get it to open at the subfolder A-My files), but the problem is that it ALSO opens the subfolder C:\Windows.
 

Brink

Staff member
mvp
#11
My mistake BJanke. It should be:

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /root, C:\A-My Files

(I left out the comma after /root) :o
 

Brink

Staff member
mvp
#15
I cannot stop it from having the A-My Files open, but see if this is closer to what you are wanting.

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /root, c:\ /select, C:\A-My Files
 
#16
Well, it's still opening C:\ and not A-My Files and is still opening the User file. But at this point I'm going to have to just live with it. It's mostly just an annoyance because it seems that Microsoft ought to make this so much simpler--I would think that this would be a very common preference choice for users and that it ought to be just part of the "View" drop down menu.

Thanks for all your efforts,
Bruce
 
#20
The one thing that I have learned is that for your explorer to open correctly, you must open it from where you set the target. Another words if you have a short-cut to explorer on your desktop and set it the way you want to open it, you need to start it from your desktop. It you go thru start, programs, etc it will not open the way you want it to, unless you set it the same way.

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