Configure taskbar shortcut to open user profile by default

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 3 July 2012 / Last Updated on 3 July 2012]

How to configure the Windows Explorer shortcut on your taskbar to open your user profile by default

By default clicking the Windows Explorer shortcut on the taskbar in Windows 7 displays your libraries.  How can you configure this taskbar shortcut so that it opens Explorer at the root of your user profile instead?

1. Right-click on the Explorer shortcut on your taskbar to display the jump list.

2. Then right-click on the Windows Explorer item in your jump list and select Properties.

3. In the Windows Explorer Properties dialog, on the Shortcuts tab, in the Target field, change %windir%\explorer.exe to %windir%\explorer.exe %userprofile% and click OK.

Now click on the Explorer shortcut on your taskbar and Windows Explorer should open to display the root folder of your user profile.

Mitch Tulloch is a seven-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. For more tips by Mitch you can follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

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Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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