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Here how to Change Windows Explorer starting location

  1. Right-click the Windows Explorer icon in taskbar (or its shortcut) and then click Properties.
    Note: if you have no Explorer screens open, hold down Shift key, right-click on the Explorer icon to bring up the Jumplist, and then right-click on Windows Explorer and select Properties.
  2. In Windows Explorer Properties, click on Shortcut tab if you’re not already there.
  3. Under the Target text box, it will probably show the code %windir%\explorer.exe.

    Where to change the code.


    Note: For Windows 8, the code will be %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries.

  4. In the Target text box under Shortcut tab, change the path to the folder which wants Windows Explorer to display by default.
  5. To change the default, add a space, then a path, to the end of that statement.
    For example, %windir%\explorer.exe /n, /e, <New Path>.
  6. To Make Documents as Default Folder to Open by Windows Explorer upon Launching:
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}
  7. To Make Computer as Default Folder to Open by Windows Explorer upon Launching
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
  8. Click OK when done.

Once entered new path to the Target text box, Windows Explorer now will directly, skipping and bypassing Libraries to open default on where users set or configure on initial run. This trick works on most Windows operating system, including Windows 7 and Windows 8.