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    Windows Explorer


    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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    • #3166587

      Reply To: Windows Explorer

      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.

    • #3166580

      Reply To: Windows Explorer

      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.

    • #2510404


      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,)

      • #2510373

        One step further

        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.

      • #2515412

        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[, or ] = view mode default folder, supports an optional or , as is defined in the registry

        /root, [, select, ] = 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, = open at drive:path and select a single file {wildcards not supported – command reverts to %UserProfile%\Documents}

        Vista behavior:
        %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 in expanded view
        %SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /root, \\server\share, select, Program.exe
        – opens to and selects in expanded view {wildcards not supported}
        %SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /select, C:\Masters\Exit.wav
        – opens and selects in expanded view {wildcards not supported}

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

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