Vista Windows Explorer default opening window?
January 17, 2008 9:46 PM   Subscribe

Can you change the default opening window on Vista Windows Explorer?

Vista. Windows Explorer, that displays files and folders on the computer.

When I open a WinExplorer window, it _opens to the windows system folder on the c drive_. It takes me a scroll and three clicks to get to the top level or the documents folder that I want to start at. Apparently, the default opening place is the Windows folder? Is there a way to change that? I've run through the help screens, folder options, and google search and found nothing; then again, it's hard to describe so maybe i'm not asking the right question?

A silly thing, but I've got carpal, so three clicks add up.....
posted by rexruff to Computers & Internet (2 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
If you use Windows Explorer from the Start Menu (as opposed to clicking on the Computer icon on the desktop) you can change the opening folder location by doing the following:

1. Open the Start Menu.
2. Click All Programs.
3. Click Accessories.
4. Right click Windows Explorer and click Properties.
NOTE: If you do not have this shortcut for Explorer here, then Explorer is located here:
5. In the Target area, type %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe and add the full path to where you want it to open to.

So it will look something like this:

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe C:\path of the folder you want it to open to

If you right click on the address bar in Windows Explorer, you can copy the path of the folder you’re interested in by selecting “Copy Address as Text”.

Here are the link to the instructions
posted by Jasper Friendly Bear at 10:39 PM on January 17, 2008

Okay, now I can say _Thank you, Jasper!_

So simple!
posted by rexruff at 12:45 AM on January 21, 2008

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