Queue (programmerqueue) wrote,

Explore Your Way

One thing I hate about Windows Explorer is that it starts up in My Documents. But there is a trick to allow you start up in whatever directory you prefer.

First, locate the Windows Explorer shortcut. In XP, it resides under Start Menu -> All Programs -> Accessories. Right click on this shortcut and select Copy.

Right click on your desktop and select Paste.

Right click on the new icon and select Properties.

Under the Shortcut tab, in the Target text box, go to the end of the line of text and add a space, then /e, where is the directory you want to start in. For instance, if you want to start in C:\, the text you add would be /e,C:\.

Don't worry if there are spaces in the path you want to add. Explorer seems to handle the spaces just fine. So if you like to start in a folder called C:\My Downloaded Files, the Target line would look like "%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,\C:\My Downloaded Files" without the quotes.

Now click OK. You can move or copy the icon anywhere you like such as the Quick Launch bar, or elsewhere on the desktop.
Tags: os, tips

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