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  1. #1


    Posts : 279
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

    File explorer


    My file explorer has started opening in libraries by default rather than "This Computer". Does anyone know to change this back???

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  2. #2


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    1. Right click on the File Explorer Icon on task bar
    2. right click on File Explorer then select Properties.
    3. Copy and paste the target
      C:\Windows\explorer.exe shell:::{20d04fe0-3aea-1069-a2d8-08002b30309d}
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    It should also work without the "shell" part. Double colon clsid as folder target will work

    edit: this opens to "computer" on my Laptop
    C:\Windows\explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
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  4. #4


    Posts : 279
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro


    The target field is grayed out and wont let me paste anything...
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  5. #5


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Tom,

    You could create a new shortcut with that target above, "Pin to Taskbar" it, unpin the old one from the taskbar, and drag and drop the new pinned one where you like on the taskbar.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 279
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro


    Thanks Aaron, but I restored an image and everything is fixed now!
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  7. #7


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    This happens when you set to show "Libraries" in the navigation pane. Setting it back to not show will have the default File Explorer pinned to taskbar to open to "This PC" again. If you wanted Libraries to show, then you could always do the above to use instead.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 279
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro


    NOOOOOOO .. it's working now, and I'm leaving well enough alone!!
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    64-bit Windows 10


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