I want to change the default start location of the Windows Explorer shortcut that is pinned to my Windows 7 Taskbar to be a custom library I created.

Here's what I've tried:

In my Libraries directory I removed everything except for the "Documents" library and the "Custom" library that I created. I noticed that when you're in the custom library in Windows Explorer, the address bar shows Libraries\Custom, so in the Properties of the explorer.exe shortcut I tried adding that path, but that didn't work.

It seems like I could probably use the "Custom" library's GUID to open up that directory by default, but I don't know where to find the GUID for this custom library I created.

Does anyone know how I can get the taskbar shortcut to open up my custom library by default?


You can change Windows Explorer's default behavior to open your custom library as follows:

  1. Navigate to the folder where your custom library's definition file is saved by pasting the following path into the address bar of Windows Explorer:

  2. Hold Shift and right-click your custom library file then choose Copy as path on the context menu

  3. On the Windows Taskbar (1) Right-click the Windows Explorer icon, (2) Right-click Windows Explorer on the jump menu, then (3) click Properties:

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  4. In the Target: text box add a space after the existing text of %windir%\explorer.exe, paste the path you copied in step 2, then click OK

Check out this article for other options for customizing Explorer's start location (although it doesn't explain how to use a custom library as we've done here).

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