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Thread: Make taskbar Explorer icon open Computer folder instead of Libraries in Windows 7

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    williamlee is offline New Member
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    Default Make taskbar Explorer icon open Computer folder instead of Libraries in Windows 7

    i refer to the above article on the Windows Club web site or Make Windows 7 Explorer open to the My Computer window.

    Make Windows 7 Explorer open to the Computer folder instead of Libraries. | The Windows Club

    the workaround given in that article doesn't seem able to change the default location to which Explorer opens if the Explorer is launched from the taskbar.

    any further information or workaround ?


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    HappyAndyK is offline Site Administrator
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    Hi, I have edited and elaborated a bit in the article.

    Using the command: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} makes explorer open in Computer folder, and even subsequent folders open in the same windows.

    Using %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /root,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} opens subsequent folder/s in a different window.

    To make the taskbar pinned folder open to Computer folder, right click on its icon and again right click on Windows Explorer and open it Properties box. In the target box use

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

    Hope it helps.

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    vasu.jain is offline Microsoft MVP
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    Thank for the trick... it would be quite handy like the quicklaunch my computer icon

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    StrayCat is offline Senior Member
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    Neat trick HappyAndyk !

    There's even more:

    (to open a favorite partition or folder of your choice)
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe e:\My Backups

    ...assuming you have a partition E and a folder My Backups

    (For My Documents)
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}

    (Network Neighborhood)
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
    Last edited by StrayCat; 4th February 2010 at 18:16.

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    nitinagarwal1988 is offline Microsoft MVP
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    After applying this tweak, a strange thing happened to i have two windows explorer folder in my computer. one is opening My Computer and other is opening Libraries. what's the matter ? how can it itself created a copy ?

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