Changing the default directory for Windows Explorer

User submitted tip: Changing the default directory for Windows Explorer

I find it annoying when I start Windows Explorer that it always goes to My Documents. Then to get to my C: drive, I have to expand My Computer. I am posting instructions on how to customize this, for those who are interested.

If you would rather open up to My Computer, right click your Windows Explorer icon -> Properties -> then copy and paste the following line in your target box:

%SystemRoot%explorer.exe /e,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

The following line will reset Explorer back to My Documents:

%SystemRoot%explorer.exe /e,::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}

If you would like to start at C:, type the following in your target box:

%SystemRoot%explorer.exe /e,c:


This was first published in June 2001

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