Windows Explorer Always Opens in Libraries View in Windows 7, How to Change Target Folder?
That's one of the big annoyance present in Windows 7. By default, Windows Explorer in Windows 7 opens Libraries folder. I'm sure almost all Windows users want it to open My Computer window instead.
This annoyance becomes a big problem when you disable Libraries in Windows 7 using a simple Registry tweak which can be found at following link:
Since we disable the whole Libraries feature in Windows, the Windows Explorer shortcut stops working and it does nothing when you click on Windows Explorer icon present in Taskbar, all programs menu, etc.
The problem can be fixed if we could change the target folder of Windows Explorer shortcut. If we set the target folder to a drive, a folder or My Computer, the Windows Explorer shortcut will start working again.
Whether you have disabled Libraries feature in Windows 7 or not, today's tutorial will definitely help you.
Today in this tutorial, we'll tell you how to change Windows Explorer's startup folder in Windows 7 so that it can open your desired folder or My Computer at launch.
So without wasting time, lets start the tutorial:
1. First you'll need to open Windows Explorer shortcut Properties. If you want to change the target folder of Windows Explorer shortcut which comes pinned to Taskbar in Windows 7, press "SHIFT" key and right-click on the icon in Taskbar. It'll open the old Windows XP/Vista style context menu where you need to select "Properties" option.
Alternatively, you can right-click on the icon which will show the jumplist. Now again right-click on "Windows Explorer" entry present in jumplist and select Properties option:
For other Windows Explorer shortcuts like shortcut present in all programs menu or at Desktop, you'll not need to press SHIFT key. Just right-click on the shortcut and select Properties option.
2. Once you open shortcut Properties, you'll see %windir%\explorer.exe text written in Target text box. You just need to change this text string to customize Windows Explorer shortcut target folder.
To open My Computer when you click on Windows Explorer shortcut, simply add a blank space and double-quotes ("") at the end of the text present in Target text box as shown in following screenshot:
So the whole text string would become %windir%\explorer.exe ""
That's it. Now whenever you'll click on on Windows Explorer shortcut, it'll open My Computer window instead of default Libraries view.
3. If you want to set the target to a desired drive or folder, don't add the double-quotes. Simply add the path at the end. For example, if you want to open C: drive, set the target text string to %windir%\explorer.exe C: or if you want to open a folder for example D:\Setup, then set the target text string to %windir%\explorer.exe D:\Setup
You can see its very simple and easy to change startup folder of Windows Explorer shortcut in Windows 7.
NOTE: You can also use environment variables to change the target folder to Documents folder, Profile folder, etc. You can get the complete list of all environment variables here.
PS: If you want to restore Windows Explorer shortcut functionality and want to open Libraries again, simply remove the newly added text strings in Target text box and set it to %windir%\explorer.exe again.
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