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    Viewing in Explorer

    When I open Win Explorer, I would like it to go to the C: drive instead of 'my documents' (lame name) is there anyway to do this?


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    Re: Viewing in Explorer

    Right click on the shortcut you are using to start Explorer and choose properties and change the target to
    <font face="Georgia">%SystemRoot%explorer.exe /e, c: </font face=georgia>

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    Re: Viewing in Explorer

    Hi, Jordan ~

    Right-click your Windows Explorer shortcut, select 'Properties' and enter or copy & paste the following

    C:WINDOWSsystem32explorer.exe /n, /e, /select, C:

    in the 'Target' and

    %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%

    in the 'Start in:'.

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    Re: Viewing in Explorer

    Both of you guys are awesome!!!!! I can't believe how long I've tried to figure this out, and in one afternoon I have 2 replies. I've put them in a text file for future reference!!!!

    Thanks again,

    Jordan

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    Re: Viewing in Explorer

    The other post was directed to you as well, but thanks for the 'start' tip :-)

    Thanks,

    Jordan

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    Re: Viewing in Explorer

    Bruce or Stuart

    I always start Windows Explorer by pressing the Windows key/E combination, is it possible to control the target folder in this case?

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    Re: Viewing in Explorer

    Hi, Michael ~

    Change the target as outlined above and you will be in business. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Viewing in Explorer

    Well, not really; that only works for shortcuts.
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    Re: Viewing in Explorer

    Using the Windows key plus the E will always open Explorer rooted the way you don't want it. The shortcut is hard-coded into the OS. You could, however, create the shortcut documented in this thread, stick it on the QuickLaunch or Start menu, and assign a hotkey to it in lieu of using the Winkey+E combo.
    -Mark

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    Re: Viewing in Explorer

    Hi, Mark ~

    The shortcut native to 'All Programs' > 'Accessories' > 'Windows Explorer' with the 'Target' and 'Start in:' as I specified above does in fact open Windows Explorer to my preference upon execution of the 'Windows key+E'. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

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    Re: Viewing in Explorer

    Bruce

    I put a shortcut to the C drive on my Desktop, and when I then used Windows+E it opened WE in the C drive. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    HOWEVER I then created a second shortcut on my Desktop to the J drive, whereupon Windows+E opened WE in My Computer. I then deleted the second shortcut, but Windows+E still opened WE in My Computer. <img src=/S/crazy.gif border=0 alt=crazy width=15 height=15>

    Can it be that the target for Windows+E is a registry setting?

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    Re: Viewing in Explorer

    Hi, Michael ~

    It may well be, but I don't know how just you created your shortcuts and what syntax you used. On all my machines with either Pro or Home, the aforementioned method I outlined results in the target to the exact place I prefer with the Winkey or the shortcut.

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    Re: Viewing in Explorer

    Bruce

    I went to an existing shortcut to WE on my desktop and changed the target to :

    %SystemRoot%explorer.exe /e, C:

    I suggest you CTRL+drag your desktop shortcut to make a second shortcut also on the desktop, alter the target in this second shortcut to another drive, then see what Windows+E takes you to.

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    Re: Viewing in Explorer

    Hi, Michael ~

    After your suggestion, it takes me to 'My Computer' w/ focus on 'My Computer'. Where do you arrive?

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    Re: Viewing in Explorer

    Hi Bruce

    Same place and focus as you, see my post 277433 above.

    Unless or until someone comes up with a registry solution I'll stick with my previous solution when using Windows+E, make an ExplorerFavorites folder under Favorites and put each of the drives in there.

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