How to Control Windows Explorer

When Windows Explorer is opened it normally defaults to the folder c:\windows\system. This is a real pain in the behind because that is probably the starting place you most likely didn't want. This forces you to have to click quite a few folders to get to your destination. There is a little known way to control Explorer so that it automatically starts in the folder of your choice.

Simply create a new shortcut on your desktop and use command line switches. Don't be intimidated by "command line" switches. Bad Thad will walk you through the basics and make it easy.

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How Set Explorer to Open with ALL Drives Shown and Collapsed
  • Right Click on the Desktop and Select "NEW">"Shortcut"
  • In the "Command Line" box type the following:

C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE /e,/select,c:\

  • Note: Put a space after the "exe", after that there are NO spaces.
  • Click "Next" then type a name for the short cut like "Explore All Drives".
  • Click "Finish"

 

How to Set Explorer to Open in a Specific Folder
  • Right Click on the Desktop and Select "NEW">"Shortcut"
  • In the "Command Line" box type the following:

C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE /e,/select,c:\prohosting\computer.htm

Notes -

  • For the drive "c" shown, substitute the appropriate drive letter.
  • For the folder "prohosting" substitute the appropriate folder you want to open.
  • For the file "computer.htm" substitute ANY file or folder within that folder.
  • You must specify a file or folder within the one that you want to open.
  • Put a space after the "exe", after that there are NO spaces.
  • If you need to drill down further, just add to the path statement (i.e. c:\a\b\c\d\etc.)
  • Click "Next" then type a name for the short cut like "Explore My Folder".
  • Click "Finish"

 

 

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