January 6, 2016

Modify Where Windows Explorer Opens By Default

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You will find one of the things that takes the most getting used to in Vista is the way the explorer window now looks and acts. Windows Explorer by default opens the the logged in users documents folder as you can see:

If you want to have more control and have it open in other locations you can modify the shortcut. Just right click on the Windows Explorer shortcut and replace it with the codes below. Here are some common locations you might want to change it to:

  • “Computer” highlighted in left side with all drives visible but not expanded and C: highlighted in right side
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,/select,c:
  • Desktop highlighted and nothing expanded
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,/n,/select,/root,c:
  • All drives visible and the system drive expanded in small screen:
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,/select,%systemroot%
  • Only Windows Directory visible highlighted and expanded:
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,/root,%systemroot%
  • All drives visible but only C: highlighted and expanded:
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,c:

Credit for this goes to a post on microsoft.public.windows.vista.file_management by Leo


  1. Charlie Hall says:

    Thankyou, after years of fustration a excellent se tof answers.

  2. Thanks alot for your informations
    Usefull and nice

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