How To Change Windows Explorer Defaults

This solution will tell you how to change the default settings in Windows Explorer so you can open it up to the folders you want to see.
Published: Nov 6, 2007
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows

Change Windows Explorer Defaults

by Michael E. Callahan aka Dr. File Finder

This question asked by Timothy Goff

Timothy wrote:

My interest today is in the configuring of Windows Explorer to open to a predesignated directory without tediously and repetitiously moving through all the directories to get where I'm headed to access files each and every time I open Explorer. I know this is possible since I have been able to do it in the past...many moons ago! I am no longer aware of how to set Explorer so that it will open exactly where I want to go each and every time.

Can you help myself and others out on this one?

You bet! Windows Explorer opens by default to the My Documents folder. I agree that this can be a bit annoying. Personally, I don't even have the My Documents folder in the area where Microsoft puts it, but that's another story. By default the shortcut to Windows Explorer is under Accessories. So, click Start .. Programs .. Accessories.

Now, instead of just clicking on Windows Explorer right-click on it. You'll see the context menu drop down and you'll want to go to the very bottom and select Properties In effect, we're going edit the default properties used by Windows Explorer. When you click on Properties you'll see something like this:

The "Target" line contains the defaults which are the ones we're trying to alter. So, for this example let's just say that we want the new default to be C:\Downloads. So, in the Target field enter:

c:\windows\explorer.exe /n,/e,c:\Downloads

Then click Apply and OK. Now when you open Windows Explorer it will open to the C:\Downloads directory (folder) or whatever you assigned it to.

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About Michael E, Callahan

Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.

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