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Configure Windows Explorer to display Windows XP disk drives

If you like the way that the My Computer view displays all of Windows XP's disk drives when you first launch it, but prefer the Windows Explorer view, Greg Shultz can show how you can get the best of both views.

When you double-click the My Computer icon in Windows XP, you see a list of all the drives on your hard disk. However, when you launch Windows Explorer, it displays the contents of My Documents in the right panel. If you like the way that the My Computer view displays all the disk drives when you first launch it, but prefer the Windows Explorer view, here's how you can get the best of both views.

  1. Right-click on the desktop.
  2. Select New | Shortcut.
  3. Type C:\Windows\Explorer.exe /n, /e, /select, C:\ in the text box, then click Next.
  4. Type My Explorer in the text box and click Finish.

Using the /Select switch with C:\ as the object causes Windows Explorer open a My Computer view of your system. Now, when you select your new shortcut, your window will look more like the My Computer view.

Note: This tip applies to Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional.

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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

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