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Can Windows Explorer start on (open up to) a different location?

I see no logic/usefullness in Windows Explorer in XP starting up in MyDocuments. I want it to start up with My computer exploded and in the root of C:. Is that possible without using a third party software?

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There used to be a way

by Tig2 In reply to Can Windows Explorer star ...

And I can't find it. I am using XP Media Center.

One way I did find was to set the view as I preferred it- Open "My Computer" with the C: drive selected- and create a shortcut from there. Tossed the shortcut on the desktop and it will open that way every time.

Good luck!

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That Half-works...

by deICERAY In reply to There used to be a way

That will open up a single window, but not a split window with the folders on the left and the files on the right, which is the view I need, as I daily move a lot of files around, often one by one, and need to see both folders and files in a single view. I have tried that before, but I will try it again to be sure. If it can display the two-panel view then that will be a great solution.

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That is odd

by Tig2 In reply to That Half-works...

I got the split pane view when I tried it. Let me go back and capture the steps. It is possible that creating the shortcut one way yields a different result than if tried another way.

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Okay- here's the disconnect

by Tig2 In reply to That is odd

I am so accustomed to right clicking the start button and selecting "Explore" that I must have done so through the process.

I had killed the shortcut that I created earlier so can't recreate it. What I discovered is that if I open explorer from the Start-> Accessories path, it opens to "My Documents" and I can find no way to change that default behaviour. But if I right click the Start button and select Explore, I get the C: drive exploded and I can see my whole file structure.

Give it a try, let me know if it works.

Good Luck!

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Well, that's a workaround...

by deICERAY In reply to Okay- here's the disconne ...

Not exactly what I was looking for, but right-clicking START does allow a click on Explore to display the drives opened up and the Start Menu under "User's" Documents highlighted, so that works, and maybe it's a small complaint, but that a new habit to acquire, but it DOES work. Why you can't setup Explorer to do that is beyond me. Thank you for your help!

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I don't get it either

by Tig2 In reply to Well, that's a workaround ...

As I could set my Explorer to work as I wished in older versions.

Sorry I couldn't find a better fix. I understand what you are going through and feel that pain.


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by Jacky Howe In reply to Can Windows Explorer star ...

Target: %windir%\explorer.exe /e

Start in: %windir%

If it was added to Quick Launch it would be usefull.

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"%!!LIKE WOW!!%" That's IT!

by deICERAY In reply to Shortcut

THAT totally worked! You are a genius! I have no idea what that did or how it did it, but that is precisely what I wanted, a split window view of my computer with the drives already displayed; perfect! Why MS ever thought that mydocs is a better starting place, I'll never know, and now it's I'll never care. I created a shortcut copy from Windows Explorer on my desktop, put in your parameters, changed the icon and dragged it into the quick launch bar!
Thanks again! Full marks for that!

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To change startup drive as well

by chandos2 In reply to Shortcut

To change explorer to starting in the root of drive other than C for example here I use d

Shortcut Target:
%Systemroot%\Explorer.exe /e,/root,d

Or to start in a given folder in a drive:

Shortcut Target:
%Systemroot%\Explorer.exe /e,d:\MyFolder

I agree, default startup location of explorer is a real bugger, especially when documents and setttings folders take so much longer to open than root drive. I'm sure its a documented feature with microsoft though, not likely to ever change!

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Can Windows Explorer open in a different location?

by jamesedgar In reply to To change startup drive a ...

Instead of the value given earlier, try this:

%SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /n, /e, C:

It opens with the file pane available.


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