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    Win8.1 File Explorer -- Make it open to Documents?

    I've been using the oddball "target" entry on Win7 systems so that Windows Explorer opens to My Documents. Now in 8.1, File Explorer's Target field is grey'd out. I thought about just making a new Taskbar icon but it seems that File Explorer isn't actually an EXE but rather built into Shell32 somehow.

    Does anyone know of a way to open File Explorer right to Documents?

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    I misread the post.

    I haven't yet found a way to make File Explorer open in Documents, but you can easily create a Documents shortcut on your desktop that will open to the Documents folder in File Explorer view.
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    Tony,

    Welcome to the lounge as a new poster!

    Here's how to do it.
    1. Create a New shortcut by right-clicking the desktop -> New -> Shortcut
    2. Set the Target to: %windir%\explorer.exe /e /n "drive:\path"
      Where: drive:\path as appropriate for your system.
    3. Name it what ever you want.
    4. Unpin the current icon from the task bar by right-clicking - > unpin
    5. Drag the new shortcut from the desktop to the task bar.
    6. Done.

    Note: you may have to unlock/relock the task bar depending on your current settings.
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    Yeah, only took me 4 yrs to post something!

    Thanks, that worked perfectly. I didn't try using explorer.exe because I got faked out by the way the original shortcut was created. It looked like it wasn't pointing to explorer. Weird.

    Oh well, thanks again!

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