LKBEN10822: How to change the default startup folder for the Windows explorer.


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LKB | Created: 02/04/2020 | Version: 1 | Language: EN | Rating: 0 | Outdated: False | Marked for deletion: False

Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG

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Symptom

You need to change the default startup folder.

Cause

You want the Explorer to start at a prefered directory.

Solution

The Windows Explorer can be started with some parameters, e. g. the startup directory.

Explorer [/n] [/e] [(,)/root,] [/select,]

/n                         Opens a new single-pane window for the default selection.

/e                         Opens the Windows Explorer in its default view.

/root <object>    Opens a window view of the specified object.

/select<object> Opens a window view with the specified folder, file or application selected.

 

To change the startup folder just take the folloeing steps:

Click start -> programs -> accessoires

Right-click on Windows explorer and select properties.

Under target field is an entry like this "%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe". Change this entry into this "%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, /select, <prefered folder>", for example "%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, /select, C:\Temp".

 Now when you start the explorer it's showing your prefered selected folder.

About the Author

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux in different European countries and different European languages. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform where he is one of the most important contributors and the main developer.

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