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.

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