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    default folder in Windows Explorer (Home Edition)

    Is there any way to change default in Windows Explorer from opening "my documents" to another more frequently used folder?

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    Re: default folder in Windows Explorer (Home Edition)

    Which way are you opening Windows Explorer? Remember that there are SEVERAL was in doing this.

    I use "Windows key+ e", check it out and see what you get.

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    Re: default folder in Windows Explorer (Home Edition)

    I use shortcut on my quick launch bar. Do not have windows key on my old keyboard. Any other way?

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    Re: default folder in Windows Explorer (Home Edition)

    Right click the Start Button and the select Explorer.
    Or "Start, Programs, Accessories" and it should be listed there.

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    Re: default folder in Windows Explorer (Home Edition)

    Right click on Windows explorer, then properties. In the target field, modify the data to look like this if you want to open directly to the C: root.
    %SystemRoot%explorer.exe /n,/e,c: . If you want to open to a different folder or location, change the c:/ to whatever location you want. Works for me.

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    Re: default folder in Windows Explorer (Home Edition)

    Good tip Dave !!! <img src=/S/bravo.gif border=0 alt=bravo width=16 height=30>
    That took me to My Computer in Windows Explorer........ where I usually want to go anyway. I'll never understand why MS thinks My Documents is so damn important !!! Or why they don't make it easier to chnage these defaults !!
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    Re: default folder in Windows Explorer (Home Edition)

    Great!! Exactly what I wanted to do. Thanks.

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    Re: default folder in Windows Explorer (Home Edition)

    Hi, Sam ~

    If you have muliple drives both logical or otherwise you equally access frequently, you can use this string in the shortcut target to open the Windows Explorer pane on the left at 'My Computer' with the drives expanded beneath it, but the focus of C: in the right-hand pane:

    <center>C:WINDOWSsystem32explorer.exe /n, /e, /select, C:</center>

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    Re: default folder in Windows Explorer (Home Edition)

    Sam--

    This discussion will give you some options and links and will apply to XP as well as 307856: HOW TO: Customize the Windows Explorer View Views in Windows XP.

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    Re: default folder in Windows Explorer (Home Edition)

    Doc, TweakUI will allow you to specify the "first icon on the desktop" - My Computer, or My Documents. I suppose they set that as the default because of the way many people use their computers. Microsoft, for all their faults, does perform extensive user testing, and you can't please all the people all the time.

    I've gotten into the habit of keeping just about everything in My Documents, and having the Desktop toolbar turned on and crammed all the way to the right of the taskbar gives me quick access to everything - My Computer view, and more.
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    Re: default folder in Windows Explorer (Home Edition)

    OK I changed the Windows Explorer that you get to by going through Accessories, but if I right click on Start and Explorer it opens up in a totaly different folder. How do I change that one?

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    Re: default folder in Windows Explorer (Home Edition)

    Hi, Cowboy ~

    That is 'Explore', not Explorer. That opens Explorer to peruse the start menu items, hence its placement at the 'start' button.

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    Re: default folder in Windows Explorer (Home Edition)

    Thats what happens when your from east Texas, it all sounds the same to ya. I mean heck, all they did was leave off one stinken little R. Dang it Bruce, now I got to rethink my thinking. <img src=/S/woops.gif border=0 alt=woops width=58 height=36>

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    Re: default folder in Windows Explorer (Home Edition)

    On my XP systems this is Explorer at all shortcuts.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: default folder in Windows Explorer (Home Edition)

    Mark,
    Already knew about that feature in TweakUI, but thanks for the heads up <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>. If you stash everything in your My Documents folder, it must look like my storage drive. And I'm not even sure a good low level format would clean that puppy up !!!
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