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Set the Windows Explorer Startup Folder in Windows 7

Posted In Windows - By Jack on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 With No Comments »

When you open Windows Explorer from the Taskbar in Windows 7, it defaults to the Libraries view. Today we take a look at changing the target path to allow you to customize which location opens by default.

When you click on the Windows Explorer icon on the Windows 7 Taskbar, it’s set to open to the Libraries view by default. You might not use the Libraries feature, or want to set it to a different location that is more commonly used.

Set Windows Explorer Startup Location

To change the default startup location for the Windows Explorer Taskbar icon, if you have no Explorer screens open, hold down the Shift key, right-click the Explorer icon, and select Properties.

Or if you have Windows open, right-click on the Explorer icon to bring up the Jumplist, then right-click on Windows Explorer and select Properties.

Windows Explorer Properties opens up and you’ll want to click on the Shortcut tab so we can change the Target.

A common place you might want it to default to is your Documents folder. So to do that we need to enter the following into the Target field.

%SystemRoot%explorer.exe /n,::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}

Now when you open Windows Explorer from the Taskbar it defaults to My Documents…

If you use the Start Menu to access Windows Explorer, open the Start Menu and go to All Programs Accessories and right-click on Windows Explorer then select Properties. Change the target path to where you want it to go

In this example we want Windows Explorer to open up to My Computer so we entered the following in the Target field.

%SystemRoot%explorer.exe /E,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

When click on the Explorer icon in the Start Menu it defaults to My Computer…

ou can set it to open to various locations. For instance if you wanted to mess with someone at work, you could enter the following and Explorer will always open to the Recycle Bin.

%SystemRoot%explorer.exe /E,::{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} 

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