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Open Explorer in C Instead of the My Computer

Daniel Petri

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Can I open Explorer in the C:’ drive instead of the My Computer view?

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Yes. You can execute explorer from the command line or from a shortcut and use switches to control the view. The syntax is:

​EXPLORER.EXE [/n] [/e] [,/root,{object}] [[,/select],{sub object}]

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/n – opens a new "My Computer" view of the object, even if already open.

/e – opens an "Explorer" view of the object.

/root,{object} – the specified root for the display.

For example:

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Explorer.exe /e,/root,D:’ will open an "Explorer" view of the D: drive.

Explorer.exe /e,D:’ will open an "Tree" view of your computer with the focus on the D: drive.

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