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By jasonbis ·
I want to be able to customize the default view for Windows Explorer. Every time I open it the C: drive is expanded and I have to scroll. I would like it to just show all my drives in collapsed view. Now I know about right-click Windows Explorer in the start menu and adding switches and options in there. That works fine and I get the view I want but the problem is that setting doesn't apply when I right-click on the start button and click on explore. It expands the C drive again. How do I manuipulate the explorer from right-clicking the start menu?

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by lowlands In reply to Windows Explorer

Right clicking the start button and then clicking explore does exactly that. You open the Start Menu in your profile. I don't think you can manipulate it to open anything else.

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by pierrejamme In reply to Windows Explorer

I am using a Intellimouse Explorer USB optical mouse. It has a thumb button. When I click on it All my drives open up alphabetically with a plus sign in front of each. I agree when you open explorer from the program menu My documents opens expanded, what a pain.
You can also double click on "My Computer" and get the same effect.

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Tip

by niklasbahne In reply to Windows Explorer

Why don't you put a shortcut of explorer in your quick launch, it is even faster than rightclicking start and then explore (I use %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,)

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by XT John In reply to Tip

Thanks for the tip, nik! I took it one step further and edited my registry to contain that setting. Search the registry for the %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe value, and edit it to look like yours.

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Why does this not work for me? Vista changes support of some switches

by davfchap In reply to Tip

Windows Explorer CMD-line syntax inception in 9x continued thru XP. Vista seems to have changed somewhat its parms necessary to implement switches. Earlier versions used the following syntax: {below you will find the (still undocumented) syntax for Vista}

/n = open "My Computer" (collapsed)

/e[, <path> or <object&gt = view mode default folder, supports an optional <path> or <object>, as <object> is defined in the registry

/root, <object path>[, select, <sub-object file or folder&gt = open at drive:\path, supports selection of a file or folder within same path. Note that root can support \\server\share to map root, otherwise /select provides a much more efficient syntax for file and folder selection

/select, <sub-object> = open at drive:path and select a single file {wildcards not supported - command reverts to %UserProfile%\Documents}

Vista behavior:
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%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n
- %UserProfile%\Documents in epanded view
%SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /n,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
- My Computer, drives in collapsed view
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e
- %UserProfile%\Documents in epanded view
%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,C
- C-drive root in epanded view
%SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /e,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
- My Computer, drives in collapsed view
- Note any combination of /n,/e,::{...} or /e,/n,::{...} will work equally; just the /n and /e alone are ignored and apparently no longer supported
%SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /root, C:\Masters
- opens to <object> in expanded view
%SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /root, \\server\share, select, Program.exe
- opens to <share> and selects <sub-object> in expanded view {wildcards not supported}
%SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /select, C:\Masters\Exit.wav
- opens <object> and selects <sub-object> in expanded view {wildcards not supported}

Should you know of any other modifications or additional switches, please post.

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