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!


7 Tips to Get You Started with Blogging

Sometime last month, a friend asked me for tips on how to start blogging, and here’s what I had to say (in no particular order)

1. Topic or Context
Decide on what you want to blog about… tech, health, body building, and so on. Blog about that one thing you’re really good at or know so much about. You can also make a mix of different stuff.

2. Categories
Even if you’re not going to blog about a mixture of things, even if you’re blogging about one topic, it’s good to categorize similar posts and group them together.

3. Consistence
Try to be regular in your posting, it helps your blog grow… weekly, daily, monthly, just keep it regular. Some people suggest making a calendar, I just go with the flow. From experience, I got the most visitors when I posted one article per day, and the traffic was continuous.

4. References (Links)
Use links… make references to things you talk about. Provide links to the pages you got info from, or about the things you’re talking about. Also link to other blogs, that also drives traffic from that blog back to yours… it works both ways.

5. Photos
Use photos… use relevant photos in your blog posts… they have to be relevant. Your posts would look better with photos, but if there is no need for a picture… do not put it.

6. Blogging Platform
Decide on which blog service to use, simply pick one you’re comfortable with. Personally, I like LinkedIn or wordpress, after trying Blogger and Joomla. I think wordpress is fine for a newbies, while LinkedIn is fine for professionals.

7. Social Media Sharing
Link your blog with your social media accounts, so that whenever you post something new, it sends links to your twitter, facebook and so on. If you choose not to, then you have to share the links manually on your social media accounts in order to extend the reach of your blog posts.

That’s about it. If anything else, lemme know.

Auto Increment vs Manual Table ID

When developing a structure for your database, there comes the question of how to pick a unique ID for your tables. In my experience, you have about 3 good options, which I would outline below.

1. Auto Increment

Auto increment is usually a good option, especially when you have a table from which data may be deleted from time to time. It’s more reliable than the next option on this list. In the last year or so, I have used auto increment because I had a problem with deleted data when I used option #3 below. Another problem with this is that the size of the ID’s will increase, depending on the growth rate of the table data.

My advice: if you’re gonna delete data from your table from time to time, try using auto increment. Also, if you have a table who’s data doesn’t increase drastically over a short time, this might also be a good option.

2. Manual (Generated) ID

Before I started using auto increment, I usually generated my unique table ID’s using a simple PHP function that guarantees no repeats or conflicts even when data was deleted. It also guarantees a fix length for the ID field, which in turn limits the range of numbers that can be used for IDs (eg, 4 digits, or 6 digits). Nevertheless, this method of mine can generate up to 8 digits uniquely, if needed. Until now, about 6 digits have met my night as my tables are not huge.

My advice: if you want a fixed length for you table’s unique ID field, a function to generate ID’s would be a good choice. Usually, I just select the last 6 digits of the number of seconds passed since the Unix Epoch or simply…


3. Manual (Counted) ID

When I started in PHP, one of the methods I saw people use was to count the number of rows in the table, then increment by 1 to generate the next unique ID. For a while now, I haven’t seen this method used anywhere recently. This method also has the same problem as in method #1 above. If you have 2 items in the table, the next generated ID would be 3. So now you have 3 times. If you delete 1 item, the next could would be 3 and that would conflict with the already existing ‘3’ in the table. This method requires more coding to count, and if you want to check that the newly generated ID doesn’t exist in the table, you’d require more coding again lol

My advice: if you aren’t going to delete from the table, you may stick with it. However, I do not recommend this method. Stick with method #1 or #2 above, accordingly.

Auto Increment
Auto Increment

If you have other ways you assign unique ID’s to your database table, you may share in the comment section below (if you don’t mind)

How To Preserve Tomato Paste (Tinned Tomatoes)

In the last 7 years of my life, I have been cooking most of what I eat, and preserving tomato paste (or tinned tomatoes) had always been a challenge for me. It wasn’t until November of 2013 that I found out how to preserve them.

Until recently, I would leave the unused paste in the glass jar, and pour some oil to cover the surface up to about 2 cm. Even with this method, the tomatoes will still go bad. Too many times I’ve had to throw away tomato paste because it got bad.

Then several months ago, I used some tomatoes and had half of the can unused. I put the remaining paste in a small yogurt cup (picture below) as I had lots of them lying around. To my surprise, 4 weeks later the paste was still there and not at all bad! Not even one spot of the white stuff that grows on it when it goes bad.

To be sure it wasn’t luck, I tried it again and same result. Since I started storing my tomato paste in little air-tight cups like this, they never ever went bad.

Small Yogurt Cup
Small Yogurt Cup
Tomato Paste Doesn't Go Bad
Tomato Paste Doesn’t Go Bad

How To Clean Your Electric Iron (in 2 simple steps)

Earlier this evening, I was trying to figure out how to calculate wattage using my multimeter on my electric iron. By accident, I found out how to clean my electric iron, and I didn’t have to waste my toothpaste. Well, so here’s one way to clean a stained electric iron. I don’t know if this works for every iron, but I know that I had tried twice on this iron, and failed twice lol

Step #1

Set the iron to the maximum and heat it up until the light turns off.

Step #2

Get an iron sponge, the one used for scrubbing pot bottoms, and scratch off the stains from the bottom of the the iron. That’s it!

If it gets too cool to scratch off, heat it up again to the maximum, then keep scratching until it all comes off. I hope it works for you. Please comment with your experiences below 🙂

My NOW Clean Iron :)
My NOW Clean Iron 🙂