Is there an exhaustive list of command-line switches for Windows Explorer? I know /separate is undocumented in this knowledgebase article as well as this one.
1Unfortunately that link is broken. Would have been better to mention the details here.– jonschlinkertApr 15, 2020 at 21:53
1@jonschlinkert Wayback archived copy from 2012-11-12– AmigoJackMay 15, 2021 at 22:58
I would suggest looking at Geoff Chappell's page about explorer's command line switches. It lists all of the switches that Justin mentions along with the /idlist switch (though using this requires raw memory access, so it would probably be more interesting on SO than here on SU). The syntax for each switch is given, and some esoteric details regarding item specifiers are also explained.
7It would be better to answer the question here than provide a link. Jan 18, 2018 at 15:42
1I found Explorer.exe - Windows CMD - SS64.com helpful, it also provides a view into an (archived) official source: Windows Explorer Command-Line Options– WolfMay 17, 2018 at 9:32
2There must be more options available. For example the Task Scheduler starts
explorer.exe /NOUACCHECK- this option is not mentioned anywhere. Feb 19, 2019 at 8:45
- /separate - Launches this explorer instance as a separate process.
- /select [object] - selects the file or folder in the new explorer window
- Opens a new single-pane Window for the default selection. This is usually the root of the drive on which Windows is installed.
- /e Starts - Windows Explorer using its default view.
- /root - Opens a window view of the specified object.
16It might not be obvious for the reader, but you need to append a comma after the command line switch. For instance:
explorer /seperate C:\tempis not valid and will open a default location. You need to use
explorer /seperate, C:\temp.– SebazzzFeb 8, 2017 at 12:06
4@Sebazzz FYI: it’s /separate, not /seperate.– MartijnAug 29, 2018 at 20:24
21Oddly enough /seperate works just like /separate does. MS must have put in a special case for people that don't spell very well. May 28, 2019 at 7:37
I looked at my EXPLORER.EXE as per Windows 7, 64bit (file version 6.1.7601.17514) with the hex editor HxD and searched
/SELECT in UTF16-LE encoding and expected the other potential parameters to be around that. Why has nobody else done this before? What I found:
/EXPAND- will open a specific folder and will interpret environment variables in the text. Examples:
/EXPAND,%windir%will open the Windows folder.
/EXPAND,%programfiles%\Javawill open your Java folder (without the hassle of spaces in the path).
/FACTORY- no clue: it takes a while to start, but I don't see what has changed. Expected a factory reset of all settings, but different folder views are still intact.
The other parameters I found (
/SEPARATE) are already mentioned. I did neither find
/NOUACCHECK. Also keep in mind: just because I found those texts doesn't mean Explorer's code also makes use of each one.
As per Windows 10, 64bit (file version 10.0.19041.844) I also found more parameters and I have no clue on any of them. The case is exactly the one found in the binary:
1A Factory is used to make COM objects. See docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/com/…. May 16, 2021 at 0:35
1If you hit Win+R and run anything, its parent process is
explorer.exe /LOADSAVEDWINDOWS. Jan 20, 2022 at 22:58
This will probably help someone.
if you are trying to open a network path that is a hidden or administrative share, e.g. ends with "$", e.g. \sharedNetworkPath\HiddenFolder$
Then this works:
explorer.exe /root, \\sharedNetworkPath\HiddenFolder$
but this doesn't
explorer.exe /select, \\sharedNetworkPath\HiddenFolder$
Thank you so much. This would not work
explorer "/root,\\server\\drive$\path\\file.xlsx"opened the file instead of selecting. But you answer clued me onto trying
explorer /select, "\\server\\drive$\path\\file.xlsx"which worked perfectly!– DecoAug 23, 2022 at 2:47
Well, noUACcheck doesn't work as one might expect. I thought it might prevent the user access chack from being displayed, but it did't in my experiment. Neither does /NoShellRegistrationAndUACCheck. Might be because I' running explorer under windows 7. Trying to set a flag to allow windows explorer to open without the UAC prompt.
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