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    Windows Explorer

    Is there any way to set Windows Explorer to open in a specific directory? For instance, most of my files are saved to a network drive. Can I set Explorer to open on that drive each time I open Explorer?

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    Re: Windows Explorer

    Yep.
    Create your shortcut and enter the command as(e.g.):
    %SystemRoot%explorer.exe /n, /e,c:
    to open in c:

    The list of switches available can be found in <A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q130/5/10.ASP>Q130510</A>

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    Re: Windows Explorer

    Thanks, Leif. It works perfect!

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    Re: Windows Explorer

    But is there a way to get it to work from right-click on Start button? That's how I always open Explorer, never from a shotcut on desktop (the right-click on Start is easier to get to and always visible). I've heard the answer is no but wondered if you knew otherwise. It always starts on Documents and Settings<username>Start Menu which is a totally worthless default.

    Deb <img src=/S/compute.gif border=0 alt=compute width=40 height=20>

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    Re: Windows Explorer

    > It always starts on Documents and Settings<username>Start Menu which is a totally worthless
    > default.

    Not if you're trying to use Explorer to modify the start menu it isn't <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    I always assumed that right clicking the start button and choosing explore was intended to open explorer for modifying the contents of the start menu, so any other default would defeat the object.

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    Re: Windows Explorer

    Use the Windows key on your keyboard (between the ALT and CTL keys) in conjunction with 'E'. This opens explorer with "My Computer" open and all network drives shown.

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    Re: Windows Explorer

    Is there a way to get explorer to open
    -in the normal dual pane view
    -with "My Computer" as the focus
    -with all local and network drives expanded underneath it on the left pane
    -with all the local and network drives shown on the right pane.

    Basically if you open windows explorer and select and expand My Computer, that is the look I want. I couldn't figure out how to get there with the rest of the information in the post.

    Thanks!!
    Troy

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    Re: Windows Explorer

    To be honest, I don't know.
    Sorry!

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    Re: Windows Explorer

    If you have a WIndows-enhanced keyboard, press the Windows Key + E. If you don't, you can install TweakUI and set "My Computer" as the "first icon on desktop" - after which, you can simply type in EXPLORER in the run prompt and get the same thing.

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    Re: Windows Explorer

    Thanks for your response.

    Sorry if this sound picky, but surely there has to be a way to put this in a shortcut as well? There seems to be all kinds of other special variables surrounded by %. Wouldn't there be one for My Computer?

    Troy

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    Re: Windows Explorer

    <P ID="edit" class=small>Edited by WyllyWylly on 12-Jul-02 14:25.</P>Have you considered not using Explorer? I haven't used it for at least a year and can see no reason to again. Control 3 will do exactly what you want.
    You can find it at
    http://www.theabsolute.net/sware/
    $15 and very fast. Pretty it aint <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Windows Explorer

    You would think, but there is no environmental variable (%%) for My Computer. It's hard-wired into the system.
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    Re: Windows Explorer

    Cool solution. Thanks for posting it back!
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    Re: Windows Explorer

    <P ID="edit" class=small>Edited by WyllyWylly on 15-Jul-02 15:30.</P>I did a little fiddling with the info from the knowledge base article in an earlier post

    http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/ar...s/Q130/5/10.ASP

    and found that the following syntax gets me exactly what I wanted:

    %SystemRoot%explorer.exe /e,/select,c:

    I.E. the "select" gets the parent, and "My Computer" is the parent of "c:"

    Enjoy!!
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