Setting a new default Windows Explorer Launch Folder in Windows 7

When you run Windows Explorer, it will always opens to the Libraries folder. If you use Microsoft’s default file organization then that’s fine. But what if you don’t? You might prefer to have Windows Explorer open to Computer or some other specific folder of your choice.

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1. Right-click the Windows Explorer icon on the taskbar (the one that looks like a folder), next right-click the Windows Explorer icon from the context menu that appears, select Properties. The Windows Explorer Properties dialog box will appear.

Step 2. Edit the Target field on the Shortcut tab of the dialog box to change the default location that Explorer opens.

Simply enter the name of the folder that you want Explorer to open to using the format below:

%windir%\explorer.exe c:\Folder

For example, to open Explorer to the folder named Clients on the root of your “C” drive, type the following in the Target field:

%windir%\explorer.exe c:\Clients

If you want Explorer to open on the the special, pre-set locations, such as Computer, you’ll need to enter specific special syntax in the Target field. Here is a list of the three most common locations and the syntax for each

* Computer: %windir%\explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
* My Documents: %windir%\explorer.exe ::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}
* Network: %windir%\explorer.exe ::{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}

To revert back the the Libraries default the syntax is:

* Libraries: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe

Step 3. After changing the Target field, click OK. Windows will open to the new location you’ve specified from now on.

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