Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums

Can't change default opening location of File Explorer

  1. #11

    Unpin the existing explorer icon from the taskbar.

    Create a shortcut just to explorer.exe (no extra command line info to choose the default folder shown yet). Pin it to the taskbar and make sure it's showing the jump list recent items and such you want.

    Then do this. Right-click the pinned Explorer icon to see the jump list, then right-click the Windows Explorer line inside the jump list (right above the "unpin this item" option) and go to Properties there. Edit this shortcut's properties to include the folder you want it to open, and save. Now the taskbar shortcut will open to the folder.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #12

    Posts : 2,071
    Windows 8.0 x64

    IIRC I could not change it because the one that comes pinned to the taskbar out of the box is the explorer app from the start screen. I unpinned that one and just pinned explorer.exe.

    I use this Target line to open Favorites

    C:\Windows\explorer.exe shell:::{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}

    See Brink's list of shell CLSIDs to open whatever system folder you like.

    Edit: When I click it I don't get another taskbar icon. It just highlights the pinned Explorer icon.

    Edit2: So I guess I am echoing the posters who suggested unpinning the current shortcut and setting it up afresh. But I do believe the reason for the inconsistency where Windows 7 and Vista you could just change the target line, is due to the explorer pin being from the Start Screen version or app. Just to clarify why I posted seemingly the same solution.
    Last edited by MilesAhead; 07 Oct 2015 at 16:54.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Can't change default opening location of File Explorer

Similar Threads
Thread Forum
How to change default location of a profile in Windows 8.1
I am presently running Windows 8.1 32 bit. When I had Windows 7, I changed the default location of my Music files to another disk. They still reside on that disk. I would like to be able to select Music and have my Windows 8.1 system find everything related to Music on this alternate disk. I...
How to change files from opening in default programmes
Hello, My laptop is defaulting e-mail attachments and most programmes to open in windows picture viewer, and if it isn't a picture I am unable to view the file without saving it and selecting 'open with' Does anyone know how I can just get it to open in the appropriate programme first time? ...
Software and Apps
Hyper-V - Change Default Virtual Hard Disk Location
How to Change Default Virtual Hard Disk Location in Hyper-V This tutorial will show you how to change the default location where your virtual hard disks (VHDs) are saved to in Hyper-V. If you change the default Virtual Hard Disk location you will still be able to change the location when...
Change default documents location
Hello everyone, Always when i install a new version of windows i change the default location of music, documents, downloads etc. Accidentally i change the documents folder to D:Documents without the \ after D: (don't know why windows let me choose this location in the first place). But I can't...
General Support
Opening File Explorer
I have a petty little question. Is there any way to make File Explorer open in the same position and the same size as when it was last closed. Currently, it always opens in the same position and size and I almost always want to resize it.
General Support
Screenshots - Change Default Folder Location in Windows 8
How to Change Default "Screenshots" Folder Location in Windows 8 and 8.1 This tutorial will show you how to change (move) the default location of your C:\Users\(user-name)\Pictures\Screenshots folder to where you would like your screenshots to be saved to instead in Windows 8. The...
Windows Store - Change Default App Storage Location
How do you change the default file storage location for Windows Store apps? I have a 32GB SSD which has W8 pro installed on and would like to store ALL application data on my 1TB HDD .... I would like to use the D:\ drive vs the C:\ drive .... Thanks in advance for your assistance ...
Software and Apps

Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook