Windows 10: How do I set up a hotkey to open Windows Explorer in given directory?

  1.    18 Feb 2017 #1

    How do I set up a hotkey to open Windows Explorer in given directory?


    Hello

    How to do I set up a hotkey to open Windows Explorer in a folder that I have pre-chosen?

    e.g. I might want to set up Control+Alt+Q to open the older c:\docs\SpecialLinks

    With thanks

    J
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       18 Feb 2017 #2

    You can pin it to quick access, then just right click File Explore and select it from the jump list.
    Like I did with screenshots:
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       18 Feb 2017 #3

    Pinning to Quick Access is still a 2-step process. Try a shortcut. Rt click on desktop, select new shortcut, enter "Explorer c:\path", change the name to whatever. Try it by clicking on it. Then rt click on it, select Properties, enter your desired hotkey and you're good to go.

    Personally, I don't like the shortcut hotkey option. It only allows ctl+alt and only works if you leave the shortcut on the desktop. You could install a hotkey program like Autohotkey. (I find it a bit overkill and instead use HotkeyP.)

    tcebob
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  4.    18 Feb 2017 #4

    AutoHotKey fan here
    The code is simple, just Copy the address as text then put the AHK hotkey codes in front of it
    Code:
    ^!q::Run, C:\Users\YOUR NAME\Documents\SpecialLinks
    Endless things you can do with it, I have a script that I run after login and it opens folders. launches software, opens documents and spreadsheets and pops up the Calendar (which tells me it is finished) then stops itself. So my computer is being set up and ready to go while I make coffee

    Send/SendRaw/SendInput/SendPlay/SendEvent: Send keys & clicks
    AutoHotkey Community - Index page
    Last edited by FrillyBits; 18 Feb 2017 at 22:25. Reason: Simplification
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       18 Feb 2017 #5

    Frilly, very true. Your use of the word "script" sort of illustrates the power of AHK. But it's not real friendly to non-geeks and (unless I missed something) does not have a user interface like HotkeyP.
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  6.    20 Feb 2017 #6

    tcebob said: View Post
    Pinning to Quick Access is still a 2-step process. Try a shortcut. Rt click on desktop, select new shortcut, enter "Explorer c:\path", change the name to whatever. Try it by clicking on it. Then rt click on it, select Properties, enter your desired hotkey and you're good to go.
    Personally, I don't like the shortcut hotkey option. It only allows ctl+alt and only works if you leave the shortcut on the desktop. You could install a hotkey program like Autohotkey. (I find it a bit overkill and instead use HotkeyP.)
    tcebob
    OK I have created a shorcut to C:\Windows\explorer.exe (4,564KB), and change the properties so that Control/Alt/Q opens up explorer.
    OR should I use C:\Windows\SysWOW64\explorer.exe (4,211KB)?

    Either way how do I then get Explorer to open point at the directory of my choice (C:\docs\MyLinks)?

    I tried right-clicking on the shortcut and changing the "Start in directory" but that had no effect when you double-click on the shortcut, and worse my hotkey now fails to work!

    PS No I don't want to mess about with installing special utilities with special scripts. Not unless I absolutely have to.
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  7.    20 Feb 2017 #7

    @ship69
    Navigate to the desired folder, right click on it, choose 'Send To'... 'Desktop, create a shortcut',
    go to the Desktop, right click on said shortcut, assign a keyboard shortcut.
    You'll have to live with the shortcut being on your Desktop, (unless you have multiple monitors in a unconventional array that would afford you Desktop 'dead space') to hide the shortcut.
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       20 Feb 2017 #8

    Sonofagun, why didn't I think of that. You don't need to specify "explorer.exe."

    I think Ship69 wants to open the parent directory with the target directory highlighted. Don't think this is possible.
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  •    20 Feb 2017 #9

    Edwin said: View Post
    @ship69
    Navigate to the desired folder, right click on it, choose 'Send To'... 'Desktop, create a shortcut',
    go to the Desktop, right click on said shortcut, assign a keyboard shortcut.
    You'll have to live with the shortcut being on your Desktop, (unless you have multiple monitors in a unconventional array that would afford you Desktop 'dead space') to hide the shortcut.
    Thanks - yes it's slightly slow but seems to work! Many thanks

    J
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