Jul 2 2007

Changing Windows Explorer’s Default Opening Folder

It used to drive my crazy when I opened Windows Explorer to navigate around my files and hard drives because it always opens to Documents then I would have to drill down to Computer so I could get to my hard drives, so I tried what I used in XP and it worked fine.

I normally create a shortcut to Windows Explorer and put it in my quick launch bar for easy access. Click Start ?type windows explorer in the search box, when it pops up right click and drag it to the quick launch bar and choose create a shortcut here.

Now right click the Windows Explorer icon and choose Properties.

In the target box type in %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

Then click Ok

This will change Explorer to open in computer so all your drives will be visible. You may want to click the view tab a few times until you get the look you want.

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    11 Comments on this post


    1. Lisa said:

      Thank you for this info! The default view when opening IE on Vista was making me crazy.


      June 24th, 2008 at 12:59 am
    2. Kevin said:

      @ Lisa, Your welcome and thanks for commenting.

      June 28th, 2008 at 10:14 am
    3. p said:

      Goes not work

      August 24th, 2008 at 4:58 pm
    4. Kevin said:

      @ P, It does work, check your typing or cut and paste “%SystemRoot%explorer.exe /e,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D” without the quotes in the target box.

      August 24th, 2008 at 6:58 pm
    5. Flyfish said:

      Doesn’t work for me either. Vista 64 Home Premium SP2

      July 26th, 2009 at 2:52 pm
    6. Willy said:

      Does not work for Windows Vista Ultimate

      August 15th, 2009 at 12:23 am
    7. Willy said:

      32 bit that is

      August 15th, 2009 at 12:23 am
    8. Kevin said:

      @ willy, Sorry its not working for you, I was able to get it to work in Ultimate 32 and 64 bit.

      August 23rd, 2009 at 6:07 pm
    9. Robert said:

      You are missing one backslash that will make it work for Vista:
      (old) ?%SystemRoot%explorer.exe /e,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D?
      (new) ?%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D?

      You can also try the following:
      “%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, /select, C:\”

      September 12th, 2009 at 11:04 am
    10. Kevin said:

      @ Robert, Son of a gun. I see that now, Thanks. Site updated.

      September 12th, 2009 at 3:32 pm
    11. Leanne Boyd said:

      Thank you! Thankyouthankyouthankyou! Did I mention thank you? This has driven me nuts for years! Now I am opening to the computer list of drives. What a great Christmas Eve present!


      December 24th, 2010 at 8:49 pm


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