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How To Change The Default Windows Explorer Folder

Have you ever noticed that when you open Windows Explorer it always defaults to the My Documents folder. Therefore, if you want to go to your C: drive you now have to click on the plus sign [+] next to My Computer and then the plus sign [+] next to your C: drive. This can be rather annoying to say the least. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to change the default opening folder in Windows Explorer.

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For Windows XP

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then move your mouse over the All Programs icon to display all Start Menu folders.
  3. If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, move your mouse over the Programs folder instead.
  4. Now, move your mouse onto the Accessories menu folder until it expands.
  5. Now Right Click on the Windows Explorer icon and then click on Properties.
  6. Locate the Target field which states: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe
  7. Now make the Target field state: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, /select, C:\
  8. Click on the OK button at the bottom of the screen to save the changes.
  9. Windows Explorer will now default to opening up your C: drive when launched.

For Windows 98 And Windows Millennium

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then, move your mouse over the Programs menu folder until it expands.
  3. Now move your mouse onto the Accessories menu folder until it expands.
  4. Now Right Click on the Windows Explorer icon and then click on Properties.
  5. Locate the Target field which states: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe
  6. Now make the Target field state: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, /select, C:\
  7. Click on the OK button at the bottom of the screen to save the changes.
  8. Windows Explorer will now default to opening up your C: drive when launched.
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