How to Change the Starting Location of Windows Explorer

If you use Windows Vista and above, you must have used the little “Windows Explorer” icon on the Windows task bar. But if you’re like me, you don’t want to always open “Libraries” each time you click that icon.

For me, I usually, more often than not, want to go straight to “My Computer” upon clicking Windows Explorer. In this tutorial, I will show you how to set the starting location of windows explorer to the location of your choice.

Step 1: Right click on the Explorer icon at the task bar


Step 2: On the menu that pop’s up, right click on “Windows Explorer” and select “Properties”


Step 3: In the properties popup, change “Target” to the desired folder (explanation below picture)

As you can see, I have highlighted the default value. What you have to do is change the the target to the desired folder.

Option 1

To change the default location, simply replace “Target” with the location of the folder you want, for instance “D:\Games” or “C:\Windows” and that’s all!

Option 2
On the other hand, if you want it to open a system folder, you would have to replace Target with the CLSID of the folder you want. For instance, to open My Computer when you click the Explorer icon, change the default value to

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{20d04fe0-3aea-1069-a2d8-08002b30309d}

Below is a list of common Windows OS CLSID‘s I found online

  • Administrative Tools
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{d20ea4e1-3957-11d2-a40b-0c5020524153}
  • Briefcase
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{85bbd92o-42a0-1o69-a2e4-08002b30309d}
  • Control Panel
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{21ec2o2o-3aea-1o69-a2dd-08002b30309d}
  • Fonts
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{d20ea4e1-3957-11d2-a40b-0c5020524152}
  • History
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{ff393560-c2a7-11cf-bff4-444553540000}
  • Inbox
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{00020d75-0000-0000-c000-000000000046}
  • Microsoft Network
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{00028b00-0000-0000-c000-000000000046}
  • My Computer
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{20d04fe0-3aea-1069-a2d8-08002b30309d}
  • My Documents
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{450d8fba-ad25-11d0-98a8-0800361b1103}
  • My Network Places
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{208d2c60-3aea-1069-a2d7-08002b30309d}
  • Network Computers
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{1f4de370-d627-11d1-ba4f-00a0c91eedba}
  • Network Connections
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{7007acc7-3202-11d1-aad2-00805fc1270e}
  • Printers and Faxes
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{2227a280-3aea-1069-a2de-08002b30309d}
  • Programs Folder
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{7be9d83c-a729-4d97-b5a7-1b7313c39e0a}
  • Recycle Bin
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{645ff040-5081-101b-9f08-00aa002f954e}
  • Scanners and Cameras
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{e211b736-43fd-11d1-9efb-0000f8757fcd}
  • Scheduled Tasks
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{d6277990-4c6a-11cf-8d87-00aa0060f5bf}
  • Start Menu Folder
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{48e7caab-b918-4e58-a94d-505519c795dc}
  • Temporary Internet Files
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{7bd29e00-76c1-11cf-9dd0-00a0c9034933}
  • Web Folders
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{bdeadf00-c265-11d0-bced-00a0c90ab50f}

Good Luck!


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