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    Windows Explorer Default Opening

    Windows Explorer Default Opening
    How to Change Windows Explorer Default Open Location in Vista
    Windows Explorer Default Opening

    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
    Windows Explorer Default Opening-default-jpgWindows Explorer Default Opening-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.
    • /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:\
    Windows Explorer Default Opening-drive_target-jpgWindows Explorer Default Opening-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:\
    Windows Explorer Default Opening-root_drive_target-jpgWindows Explorer Default Opening-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
    Windows Explorer Default Opening-folder_target-jpgWindows Explorer Default Opening-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
    Windows Explorer Default Opening-computer_target-jpgWindows Explorer Default Opening-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.

    • 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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  2.    11 Apr 2008 #1
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    Re: Windows Explorer Default Opening


    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" ?
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    Re: Windows Explorer Default Opening


    Hi Bob,

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

    Start Menu - Customize Context Menu


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

    Start Menu - Customize Context Menu

    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
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  4.    25 Jun 2008 #3
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    Re: Windows Explorer Default Opening


    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!!!
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    Re: Windows Explorer Default Opening


    Hello Sawlwin,

    Did you type: (Example C)

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

    in the Target area?

    Shawn
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  6.    25 Jun 2008 #5
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    Re: Windows Explorer Default Opening


    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
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    Re: Windows Explorer Default Opening


    Saw Lwin,

    I'm happy to hear that you got it working now.

    Shawn
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  8.    24 Aug 2008 #7
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    Re: Windows Explorer Default Opening


    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
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Sawlwin,

    Did you type: (Example C)

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

    in the Target area?

    Shawn
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    Re: Windows Explorer Default Opening


    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
    Last edited by Brink; 24 Aug 2008 at 21:36. Reason: Corrected command
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    Re: Windows Explorer Default Opening


    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.
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