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  1.    07 Sep 2017 #1
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    How Do I Open Windows Explorer to Desktop by Default?


    How do I get windows explorer to open up to the desired directory by default? I want to be able to open it to the Desktop directory. How do I do this?
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  2.    07 Sep 2017 #2
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    Here's my shortcut. Substitute your desktop location.

    Code:
    C:\Windows\explorer.exe c:\users\bob\desktop
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  3.    07 Sep 2017 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by tcebob View Post
    Here's my shortcut. Substitute your desktop location.

    Code:
    C:\Windows\explorer.exe c:\users\bob\desktop
    I'm confused. What is this code?
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  4.    07 Sep 2017 #4
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    Create a shortcut ...
    1. Right click on the desktop.
    2. Choose New and Shortcut.
    3. In the "location" box type in C:\Windows\explorer.exe c:\users\bob\desktop
    ... but instead of "bob" put in your user name.
    4. Click Next.
    5. In the "name" box type a name for this shortcut.6. Click Finish.
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  5.    07 Sep 2017 #5
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046

    If you like, you can create the shortcut using this below instead.

    explorer.exe "%UserProfile%\Desktop"
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  6.    08 Sep 2017 #6
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    yahanna, apologies for the brief post. I had the same concern and found no systemic solution so I made a shortcut to open file explorer to desktop. Brink's variation is more generic, so you would not have to know where your desktop is located. This is only a partial solution and works when you click the new icon but not when some program opens explorer. I don't know how to kid the system to replace all instances of explorer - but I'd sure like to.
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  7.    08 Sep 2017 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    If you like, you can create the shortcut using this below instead.

    explorer.exe "%UserProfile%\Desktop"

    Nope!! Thats not it. After creating a shortcut, when I use keyboard shortcut (Win + E) windows explorer opens up to 'This PC'.
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  8.    08 Sep 2017 #8
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    ?? This PC is Windows (File) Explorer. Where you can explore the files on your computer. What were you looking for?
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  9.    08 Sep 2017 #9
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046

    Quote Originally Posted by yahanna View Post
    Nope!! Thats not it. After creating a shortcut, when I use keyboard shortcut (Win + E) windows explorer opens up to 'This PC'.
    Yep, Win+E will not open this shortcut. It'll only open the default File Explorer.

    You can pin to taskbar this shortcut to make it easier to open, or assign your own keyboard shortcut for it.

    Shortcuts - Assign a Keyboard Shortcut to in Windows 8
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  10.    08 Sep 2017 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by yahanna View Post
    How do I get windows explorer to open up to the desired directory by default? I want to be able to open it to the Desktop directory. How do I do this?
    For file explorer, just right click on your desktop and paste your link.
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