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In Windows7, when you open the Windows Explorer using the pinned Windows Explorer button on taskbar, it opens WE and points it to My Documents folder.

Is there a way to change this so it doesn't open My Documents, but rather "Computer" just as Windows+E keyboard shortcut does?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

Here is a description of how you can set it to open just about everything, including "computer"

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I know this is an old one, but could you maybe edit your post and provide the actual info here, rather than just behind a link? That'd be great. – slhck Mar 26 '13 at 18:39

Have you tried the method that used to work in XP and Vista?:

  • Open Explorer, and go to your Start Menu folder.
  • Find the shortcut for Explorer, right click on it, and select Properties.
  • Click on the Shortcut tab, and change the Target so it reads: c:\windows\EXPLORER.EXE /n, /e, d:\myfolder (where c:\windows is your Windows directory, and d:\myfolder is the directory in which you want Explorer to start.)

From Easy Tweaks (Vista)

On my XP machine I have "Start in" set to "%HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%" which opens Explorer in My Computer from where I can see all the drives etc.

NOTE I haven't got Windows-7 to check this, but I thought it ought to be mentioned

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The problem is that I don't want it to start in a folder, but rather in "Computer", so my disks are shown. For now, this will do, but I wonder what should I write there to get to the Computer (virtual) folder – Kornelije Petak Sep 30 '09 at 20:44
Ah - sorry, missed that bit of your question. – ChrisF Sep 30 '09 at 20:46
Does work under 7, ChrisF. No worries. I'd just change "c:\windows\" to "%windir%\" – A Dwarf Sep 30 '09 at 20:46 is down ... – sergiol Mar 6 '14 at 16:34
@sergiol - I've removed the dead link. – ChrisF Mar 6 '14 at 16:38
%windir%\explorer.exe /n, /e, /select, C:\

The above selects C:\ drive but does not open it, effectively making Computer your selected folder on the left pane.

Enjoy :)

Not meant to ignore other answers that already addressed it. My vote goes to them. But I prefer human-readable stuff to abstract things like ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

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this would be the target line to open Explorer with 'My Computer':

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