Windows 7: How to change Windows Explorer’s default folder

   Posted August 4, 2010 by Lê Hoàng in Windows 7

By default, when you click on the Windows Explorer icon at the taskbar, you will be redirect to Windows Libraries. If you do not use Windows Libraries, then it is much more efficient to change it to your favorite folder instead.

1. Right click on the Windows explorer’s icon

2. Right click on Windows explorer and choose Properties.

3. Look at the target line. By default, it will be %windir%\explorer.exe.

4. To point the Windows explorer to another directory, simply add its location to right after %windir%\explorer.exe ( For example: %windir%\explorer.exe E:\downloads )

5. Click OK to close the box. From now, when you click on the Windows explorer’s icon, you will be redirect to your favourite folder.


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  • Anonymous

    Great idea!

  • Keith

    If i want it to open “My Computer”, what should i type in the box ?

    • Tipztv

      Hi Keith 🙂

      Sorry for my late reply 🙁

      To open my computer, paste this code: %SystemRoot%explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} to the target section 🙂

      Hope this help you

  • Sammy5887

    thanx im lookin 4 this 🙂

  • Allan Christensen

    What is the code if I want it to always open Recent Places?