Monday, November 14, 2005

Make Windows Explorer Open To C: Drive

Make Windows Explorer Open To C: Drive
For XP users

In Windows XP the default when opening Windows Explorer is My Documents. In Windows 98 it was the C: drive and I prefer it that way. Some times I even set it to open to the D: drive for quick access to my downloaded files on that drive. If you have several links to Windows Explorer already (in the quick launch, on the desktop etc.) each one will have to be done separately but if you have just one in your start menu and you fix that one then you can put it on your desktop or the quick launch bar and the change will go with it.

Heres how:

find your Windows explorer short cuts and right click properties you will see the Target: window with System root surrounded by percent signs ending with explorer.exe. At the end of explorer.ex add a space then switch and e,c: and end with a back space like this:

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,c:\ (note that there is a space between the .exe and the switch /)

Now explorer will open to the C: drive instead of My Documents.

If you change the c to a d the D: drive will be opened.

What do you think would happen if I entered this:

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,d:\Downloads
The D: drive would open with the Downloads folder open as well.

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