Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. #1
    Gold Lounger
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Crystal Beach, FL, Florida, USA
    Posts
    3,436
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 34 Times in 34 Posts

    Opening explorer to specific look (SP2)

    This is seemingly trivial, I guess, but it is one of those little things that continues to annoy me! When Windows Explorer comes up, I always have to hit the "Folders" button to get to the display I want; that is, the windows treeview in the left pane, and the detail of a folder in the right pane. I can't seem to get Windows to remember this setting, nor can I find an option that controls it. Is there such a way?
    Mark Liquorman
    See my website for Tips & Downloads and for my Liquorman Utilities.

  2. #2
    Plutonium Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    84,353
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 29 Times in 29 Posts

    Re: Opening explorer to specific look (SP2)

    Hi Mark,

    Try creating a shortcut with a target like the following:
    <code>
    explorer.exe /e, C:Access
    </code>
    The /e switch tells explorer to open in Explorer mode instead of in My Computer mode, i.e. with a folder tree on the left hand side. Substitute the correct path.

  3. #3
    Bronze Lounger
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Posts
    1,424
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Opening explorer to specific look (SP2)

    Would this be helpful?

    Q: How do I set XP to open Windows Explorer to always open in Details view and not Icons view?

    A: Set your preferences on how you want your folders to appear on one typical folder and then apply this as the default setting for Explorer. You can add more columns to the detailed view by clicking on View, Choose Details and also select the column width and order.

    When you are happy with the layout, apply this to all folders. This is done from Tools, Folder Options, View and click on Apply to All Folders.


    "Peace begins with a smile. "-- Mother Teresa

  4. #4
    Gold Lounger
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Crystal Beach, FL, Florida, USA
    Posts
    3,436
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 34 Times in 34 Posts

    Re: Opening explorer to specific look (SP2)

    Almost, but not quite. It still didn't hold the setting of the Folders button.
    Mark Liquorman
    See my website for Tips & Downloads and for my Liquorman Utilities.

  5. #5
    Gold Lounger
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Crystal Beach, FL, Florida, USA
    Posts
    3,436
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 34 Times in 34 Posts

    Re: Opening explorer to specific look (SP2)

    Thanks Hans. That did it. I changed by shortcuts so that instead of just pointing to the folder, they point to Explorer.exe instead, and then added the /e option.
    Mark Liquorman
    See my website for Tips & Downloads and for my Liquorman Utilities.

  6. #6
    Bronze Lounger
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Posts
    1,424
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Opening explorer to specific look (SP2)

    Using the shortcut method, is there a switch to make the picture folder to always open in "thumbnails"? <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>


    "Peace begins with a smile. "-- Mother Teresa

  7. #7
    Plutonium Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    84,353
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 29 Times in 29 Posts

    Re: Opening explorer to specific look (SP2)

    No, the only command line options available are
    a) Specifying "My Computer" look vs "Windows Explorer" look.
    [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] Specifying a folder to open.
    c) Specifying a root level above which the user cannot go.

    For example, the comman line
    <code>
    Explorer.exe /e,/root,d:,d:data
    </code>
    specifies Windows Explorer look, the D: drive as root (so the user cannot go up to My Computer or Desktop), and Data as folder to display.

  8. #8
    Administrator
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Location
    St Louis, Missouri, USA
    Posts
    23,580
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 1,058 Times in 927 Posts

    Re: Opening explorer to specific look (SP2)

    The short answer is NO. Here is a KB artcle: Explorer.exe Command-Line Options for Windows XP.

    Joe
    Joe

  9. #9
    Bronze Lounger
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Posts
    1,424
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Opening explorer to specific look (SP2)

    Okay, it was just a thought! Too bad it doesn't work the way I was hoping but <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> for the explanation. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>


    "Peace begins with a smile. "-- Mother Teresa

  10. #10
    Bronze Lounger
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Posts
    1,424
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Opening explorer to specific look (SP2)

    Thanks Joe! I appreciate the link to knowledge! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>


    "Peace begins with a smile. "-- Mother Teresa

  11. #11
    Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    63
    Thanks
    6
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Opening explorer to specific look (SP2)

    But there's a trap for young players. Go into Tools / Folder Options / View. If "remember each folder's view settings" is on, ApplyAllFolders doesn't seem to work.

    The answer is easy, of course. Turn off "remember each folder's view settings".

  12. #12
    Uranium Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
    Posts
    7,089
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Opening explorer to specific look (SP2)

    Yup... been covered before at some length, for those who are interested in details. So much for user friendliness!!
    -Mark

  13. #13
    Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Kendal, Cumbria, England
    Posts
    71
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Opening explorer to specific look (SP2)

    I don't know if this is a general XP feature or the result of some particular settings on my PC, but I find that my favourite way of opening explorer, the keyboard shortcut (Winkey+E), always results in the two pane view.

    George

  14. #14
    Uranium Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
    Posts
    7,089
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Opening explorer to specific look (SP2)

    The shortcut you mentioned has done just that since its introduction. Explorer vs. My Computer view, two ways of looking at the file system - and the key combination is for Explorer view, which is the two-paned view.

    You can force the other view to always be two panes by first displaying the folder tree, and then going in to Folder Options and selecting "Apply to all folders" (text may vary based on Windows version).
    -Mark

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •