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    WinXP Explorer (Pro SP1)

    When I open Windows Explorer, it always shows the 'My Documents' folder expanded on the LHS pane, with the contents on the RHS pane. Is there any way of forcing Windows Explorer to open showing the 'My Computer' folder opened (instead of 'My Documents'), with the various drives, other folders etc, shown in the RHS pane? I would find this much more useful. I could do this in Win98SE, but have been unable to do it in WinXP.

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    Re: WinXP Explorer (Pro SP1)

    Right click on the shortcut and select Properties. In the target window paste this string.....

    %SystemRoot%explorer.exe /n, /e, /select, C:

    Click Apply & OK and you're good to go.
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    Re: WinXP Explorer (Pro SP1)

    Hi DocWatson,

    Thanks for your prompt reply and suggestion - it worked a treat! It made sense too, which is nice. I should have been able to remember what I did last time, but the grey cells are turning white, I think! Been looking for the answer to that one for quite a while. Thanks again.

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    Re: WinXP Explorer (Pro SP1)

    Excuse me Doc for butting in, but I've wanted to do the same thing but didn't know how to make Windows Explorer open in My Computer.

    Seems to me that's the way it should have been done in the first place. But who pays attention to what I think?

    There's one thing, I'm not clear about. What's the name of the shortcut to be rt clkd on?
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    Re: WinXP Explorer (Pro SP1)

    In XP it's Start / All Programs / Accessories / Windows Explorer. Right click on it and select Send to and then Desktop (create shortcut). Then go to the new shortcut on your desktop and right click on it and select Properties and then paste that string in the Shortcut tab's Target window.

    Then if you don't want the shortcut on your desktop, you simply put it where you want it and it will always take you to the place you REALLY want to start in Explorer. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>
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    Re: WinXP Explorer (Pro SP1)

    Also, it seems that if you open Explorer by using the Windows-E key combination, it should open with My Computer highlighted.

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    Re: WinXP Explorer (Pro SP1)

    You can make this behaviour the default by using TweakUI and changing the First Icon on Desktop setting as shown in the attached. The down side is that this is a system wide setting, so if some users on a PC prefer My Documents to be the folder that opens by default, then there will be arguments. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: WinXP Explorer (Pro SP1)

    Gloria--

    I've also found another easy way to bring up My Computer and just about any Windows utility or application quickly and it can save time with a number of Windows applications and utilities. The keyboard combinations are excellent time savers also--not used nearly enough. They can really be convenient.

    Right click the taskbar>Toolbars>Address Bar. You'll get a slim 3/8" on my resolution address bar in your task bar that functions also as a run box and you can type any command in there including "My Computer" to get My Computer to open up, OE to get OE to open up, Outlook for Outlook, wmplayer to open Win Media Player 8 or 9, winword for Word and essentially any command or address that will work in the run box. Progman or Progman.exe in the run box or the acitvated address bar will open up the old File Manager from Windows 3X. I have read that XP SP1 is the last time you'll have File Manager tucked away in XP--that they are retiring it. I love finding these old programs like File Manager and WMP 6.4 in XP--kind of hidden old Windows antiques tucked into the C:Windows System 32 folder brought up by the right command in the run box.

    Strangely though, the one command that won't work for me in the run box that will work in the activated address bar is My Computer. I mean that all but that one will work either place. This address bar will work as your browser address bar and a run box as well.

    See:

    A New Run Box for Windows 2000( Should Work NT through XP (I can't remember with Win 9X--someone could try it). I know it does on XP.

    All of these run box commands will work in the activated address bar, except to bring up Win Media Player 6.4 in Windows XP the command in the run box or activated address bar is mplayer or mplayer2 without the "w." They typed that one wrong in the second link:

    Go To Your Utilities Quickly
    Run Box Shortcuts that will also work in an activated address bar inside the task bar

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    Re: WinXP Explorer (Pro SP1)

    Well, well. How about that? I just tried it and it works. Thank you. You are so smart, where did you learn all that stuff?
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