Force Windows Explorer to Launch The Folder You Want

Much as I'm pleased to see Windows Explorer finally getting a prominent spot on the taskbar in Windows 7, I'm a little disappointed that it opens to the Libraries folders by default. That's rarely the area I'm after when I open Explorer.

Fortunately, there's an easy way to tweak it so that it opens to whatever folder I want. Here's how:

1. Right-click the Explorer icon on the taskbar, then right-click Windows Explorer and choose Properties.

2. In the Target field, simply tack on the path to the folder you want. In my example (below), I've pointed to c:\Data. Just make sure you leave a space between %windir%/explorer.exe and your folder path.

3. Click OK and you're done!

Now, when you click that taskbar Explorer icon, Windows Explorer will open right to your folder of choice. Nice!

This story, "Force Windows Explorer to Launch The Folder You Want" was originally published by PCWorld.

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