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    Windows Explorer (XP pro)

    I once knew how to force the windows explorer to open at the hard drive, C:, rather than at "my documents." Can anyone remind me of how to do that?
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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP pro)

    Create a shortcut with target

    %windir%Explorer.exe /e,C:

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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP pro)

    Or, the keyboard shortcut WinKey-E opens Explorer at My Computer, just "above" your drives.

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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP pro)

    Further to Hans' answer, for a full range of opening options, see

    307856 - HOW TO: Customize the Windows Explorer Views in Windows XP

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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP pro)

    That's it and it works perfectly. Many thanks!
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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP pro)

    That will work well with my desktop. Unfortunately, my laptop lacks a winkey

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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP pro)

    At work, that key is known as "Wee Willie"

    You can even hear the poem read in the native Scots!
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

    Ita, esto, quidcumque...

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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP pro)

    Leif, how would I set Explorer to open at desktop, using the MS KB method?
    Many thanks.

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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP pro)

    Set the target to

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

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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP pro)

    Hans, thanks for the tip. Using your suggestion Explorer gave me an error
    "the path ' /root' does not exist or is not a directory"
    I achieved desktop opening with a long-winded target by adding /n, /e, Cocuments and SettingsDianneDesktop

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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP pro)

    A couple of other shortcuts you can try:

    %SystemRoot%EXPLORER.EXE /e, /root, %UserProfile%Desktop

    This will display current user's Desktop folder, but nothing else (My Computer, etc) in Explorer's left pane, and the user's desktop shortcuts in right pane (see attached pic, top image). Another example:

    %SystemRoot%EXPLORER.EXE /e, /root, % Desktop%

    This will display Desktop, My Computer, etc, in left pane, but top Desktop icon will not be selected, but rather the C: drive. Contents of C: drive root folder will be displayed in right pane (see attached, bottom image). I find this second option more useful, but have not found way to create shortcut that displays entire "tree" structure in left pane, with desktop shortcuts (as well as My Computer, etc) displayed in right pane, as seen when you select the topmost Desktop icon in left pane "manually".

    PS - in 2nd shortcut, there is not supposed to be a space between percent symbol & "Desktop", the HTML displays some wierd character in its place.

    HTH

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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP pro)

    Thanks,Mark- an interesting alternative. If you ever achieve the desired option of the entire "tree" structure in left pane, with desktop shortcuts displayed in right pane, would love to learn how to do it!

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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP pro)

    Are you sure you put the comma and the C: after the word root in Hans' suggestion? It works on my machine and shows the whole tree in the left pane, Desktop highlighted and the desktop elements showing in the right pane.

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    Re: Windows Explorer (XP pro)

    Yes, you are right- I hadn't copied the path correctly (spacing incorrect) , and now I have it as I want- many thanks!

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