I use the WIN+E shortcut frequently to open Windows Explorer. Whenever I click the "Desktop" folder via Favorites, it always selects "Computer", which when sorted by Date Modified, is always near the bottom.

This makes me then have to scroll up every time to go to my most recent documents.

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Can I just get it to open and either not select any specific file/folder, or at least select the file/folder that's at the "top"?

(Note: Unless I'm misreading, this is a slightly different question than Change the folder that Windows Explorer starts at)

Edit: To clarify, I'm not trying to get a new way to open Explorer. I can do that in any way, using WIN+E, typing "explorer", opening my taskbar link to the Windows Explorer, etc. When it's already open and I click "Desktop", it always selects "Computer" (or sometimes "Libraries"). As you can see in my screenshot, this then forces me to scroll up (or press HOME). I just want it to open Desktop focused already at the top of the window.


To get direct access to Recent Places, you could:

  • Open 'Computer'.
  • Right click on 'Recent Places'
  • Choose 'Send To' > 'Desktop (create shortcut)'
  • Optional: right click and edit properties to assign a key combination like CTRL+ALT+R to this icon
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  • Sorry if I wasn't clear - It's not necessarily the "Recent Places" I'm trying to get to. It's when I click the "Desktop" (in my screen shot, it's under "Favorites"), it shows me the files, but always selects "Computer" by default, so I have to always scroll all the way up to go to the most recently modified file. I'm trying to get it to just open the Desktop without selecting any folder/icon. – BruceWayne Jan 4 '18 at 15:02

Sorry. I was reading too fast. Please forgive me.

Here is my revised offering:

If you type "Desktop" in the Search field, a menu list pops up with "Desktop". You can select it there...after you forgive me.

Screenshot here...

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  • The question asks how to avoid "Computer" being selected. – Blackwood Jan 4 '18 at 1:49
  • Yes, I know about typing "Win". My question isn't how to open the Explorer in various ways, but specifically when I click "Desktop", it always selects "Computer", and I just want it to select nothing. I'll try to edit my OP with a more clear idea of what I'm trying for. – BruceWayne Jan 4 '18 at 15:03
  • changed...people can change! – Planet.Megan Jan 4 '18 at 16:07

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