Change default folder of Windows Explorer

When you open the Windows Explorer from a shortcut in Windows 7, it always starts in the Libraries folder. You may find this very handy if you are a normal user, but as a power user, you may want to open another folder by default.
To set a different default folder for Windows Explorer, you have to┬ámodiffy the shortcut. In the shortcut is a text box “target”, where you can define any location you want.

To modify the default location in Windows Explorer, do the following:

  1. Right click on the Windows Explorer shortcut and click Properties
  2. Go to the tab “Shortcut“.
    explorer_target
  3. In the “Target” field, simply add the location you prefer to open when you click the Windows Explorer shortcut. For example, when you would like to open the C:\itexperience folder, you would set the following target:
    %windir%\explorer.exe C:\itexperience

In addition, there may be locations that you can’t specify by a path, like “My Computer”. In order to open Windows Explorer with these special locations as default folder, set the following string as target:

  • Computer: %windir%\explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
  • Documents: %windir%\explorer.exe ::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}
  • Network: %windir%\explorer.exe ::{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
  • Note the two prefix colons for these special locations.

    For more information about making a special location the default location in Windows Explorer, take a look at the following post: Change default folder of Windows Explorer – advanced

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