When you open the Windows Explorer from a shortcut in Windows 7, it always starts in the Libraries folder. You may find this very handy if you are a normal user, but as a power user, you may want to open another folder by default.
To set a different default folder for Windows Explorer, you have to modiffy the shortcut. In the shortcut is a text box “target”, where you can define any location you want.
To modify the default location in Windows Explorer, do the following:
- Right click on the Windows Explorer shortcut and click Properties
- Go to the tab “Shortcut“.
- In the “Target” field, simply add the location you prefer to open when you click the Windows Explorer shortcut. For example, when you would like to open the C:\itexperience folder, you would set the following target:
In addition, there may be locations that you can’t specify by a path, like “My Computer”. In order to open Windows Explorer with these special locations as default folder, set the following string as target:
Note the two prefix colons for these special locations.
For more information about making a special location the default location in Windows Explorer, take a look at the following post: Change default folder of Windows Explorer – advanced