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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Change The Default Windows Explorer Start Page

The Windows 7 Library view is opening whenever a user clicks on a Windows
Explorer shortcut in Windows 7. Libraries are fine but that’s probably not the
location that most users want to start their file browsing session in. The
following article explains how to change the default Windows Explorer page
to another start page instead, something that most Windows 7 users will be
more comfortable with.
The most prominent location to open a new Windows Explorer window is
from it’s taskbar icon which is permanently pinned there. The icon itself is
merely a shortcut to Windows Explorer which means that we have to edit the
shortcut so that it opens up Windows Explorer with another default location.
This is done by right-clicking the Windows Explorer icon which opens the
jumplist listing the most recent Explorer windows that have been opened by
the user. Another right-click on Windows Explorer in the jumplist and the
selection of Properties will load the menu where the default Windows
Explorer page can be changed.
The shortcut tab in the Windows Explorer Properties will be opened after
performing that operation. All we need to do is to edit the Target field in
that menu to change the default Windows Explorer start page.

My Computer – %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /E,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
My Documents – %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}
Network Neighborhood – %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
Any Folder – %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe folder path

To set the default Windows Explorer start page to c:\windows one would
have to change the target field to %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe c:\windows.

And that’s how you change the default Windows Explorer start page to
another folder or location in Windows 7. The same principle applies to the
Windows Explorer shortcut in the start menu.

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