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How to change the default view in Windows Explorer


There are times when you need to open Windows Explorer. You do this by choosing Start | Programs | Accessories | Windows Explorer. The default view is the contents of your My Documents  or user folder. You can change this default view to something such as the root C: (or some other path) by modifying the Explorer shortcut.

  • Choose Start | Programs | Accessories.
  • Right-click on Windows Explorer and choose properties.
  • In the target text box, key the following: %SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /root, C:\
  • Click OK and save your changes. The next time you open Windows Explorer, it will open to the root c: as the default view.
5 comments
info
info

Both of these seem like a long way to get what you need. Try a right click, new folder and browse to the location you want to be located. This is useful since it can be changed as your needs change. In target: "e:\Intro Campaign\messages to go to a thumbdrive to manage a project. When it is finished change it to what is next. Store it on the desktop.

ed_coleman
ed_coleman

Great tip! Now ... how do I get the same effect when I right-click Start and select Explore?

michael.tanto
michael.tanto

how can i change the default view to view the folder list?

dhanraj114
dhanraj114

Its easy to set any folder view in My Computer or Windows Explorer. Just follow the steps. 01. Open My Computer or Windows Explorer 02. Set your desired folder view (i.e. list, details, Icons) 03. Go to Tools -> Folder Option -> View Tab 04. In Folder View frame press button "Apply to All Folders" This way you can set your default folder view, it will change effect next time when you start your My Computer or Windows Explorer. Thanks

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Add the /e switch to the command Steve describes, right after explorer.exe.

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