Change Default Location for Windows Explorer

by Eric Geier [Published on 2 Nov. 2011 / Last Updated on 2 Nov. 2011]

Change which folder or location shows up when you open Windows Explorer.

When you click the Windows Explorer icon (looks like a folder) on the taskbar in Windows 7, it automatically opens up to the Libraries. However you can easily change the default location:

Right-click the Windows Explorer icon on the taskbar, right-click the Windows Explorer icon, and select Properties. Then add a space and path to the Target field.

Example: %windir%\explorer.exe c:\Folder

You can also use shell commands, such as to make the Computer window show up:

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:MyComputerFolder

The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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