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How to Change the Windows Explorer Launch Folder in Windows 7?

October 8th, 2012 | Posted by Costea Lestoc in Easy Tips

When you click on the Windows Explorer icon pinned to the task bar in Windows 7, the library folder opens by default. Naturally, if you are looking for something this is a logical place to start- however you can change this default activity very easily.

If you would like to change this setting here is how:

Right click the Windows Explorer icon on your task-bar, then left click on properties.

A new dialogue box will open allowing you to edit the target field. This is where you will specify the default action.

Notice this syntax is default: %windir%\explorer.exe c:\Folder. Instead of “Folder” you can specify a specific folder instead if you like. For example; if you want to open a folder titled “Special” located on the C drive simply put “Special” at the end: %windir%\explorer.exe c:\Special.

To open other specific locations you will need to provide the special syntax for that specific folder. Below are some of the commonly used syntax’s for specific preset locations:

  • My Computer: %windir%\explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
  • My Library: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe
  • My Network Places: %windir%\explorer.exe ::{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
  • My Documents:%windir%\explorer.exe ::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}

After you change the target field, click on OK and you are done.

The next time you click on the Windows Explorer icon the new directory location will open up as default.

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