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Trivia: The "Other" File Explorer

  1. #1


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    64-bit Windows 8

    Trivia: The "Other" File Explorer


    Did anyone ever notice ......
    The "Quick Links" menu (Logo + X or right-click lower left corner) contains
    a "File Explorer," but it opens the "Computer" folder instead of "Libraries."

    Power User Tasks Menu - Open in Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 01 Mar 2013 at 01:16. Reason: added tutorial link for more info

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  2. #2


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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Never noticed that, but mine too.
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    Mine opens the libraries? This is odd, in my case, as I have the taskbar shortcut modded to open C:\

    P.S. Later. Forget it. It was caused by a default setting in my third party start menu (StartisBack). I adjusted it and it now opens as selected - C:\
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    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Depends on how your navigation pane is configured.

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    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Thanks to all for this information. . .good to know for those just in case question . . .
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  6. #6


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Mine opens the libraries? This is odd, in my case, as I have the taskbar shortcut modded to open C:\

    P.S. Later. Forget it. It was caused by a default setting in my third party start menu (StartisBack). I adjusted it and it now opens as selected - C:\
    What 'adjustment' did you make. I want to fix mine............
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    Windows 8.1, 10


    If you're reaching for that Windows key anyway... then instead of <Windows>+X, using <WindowsKey>+E takes you straight to File Explorer, and it seems to start with Computer as well rather than Libraries.

    Even unselecting all those Navigation Pane options it seems to do the same for me every time,
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  8. #8


    Posts : 308
    64-bit Windows 8


    Thanks, I didn't know about the Logo+E.
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  9. #9


    rgauchey.
    Sorry. I thought I posted yesterday but cannot see it. Anyway:
    I have my normal default File explorer configured like this
    C:\Windows\explorer.exe /e, C:\
    That takes me to the root and shows me the Windows 8 tree.
    I found this setting in "StartisBack"

    Under the heading "Modern UI", scroll down to the last item, "Combine start button context menu....etc", an tick it.

    Worked for me.
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  10. #10


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    rgauchey.
    Sorry. I thought I posted yesterday but cannot see it. Anyway:
    I have my normal default File explorer configured like this
    C:\Windows\explorer.exe /e, C:\
    That takes me to the root and shows me the Windows 8 tree.
    I found this setting in "StartisBack"

    Under the heading "Modern UI", scroll down to the last item, "Combine start button context menu....etc", an tick it.

    Worked for me.
    ThanX for the tip. I like it better now.
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