Change The Default Windows Explorer Start Page

The Windows 7 Library view is opening whenever a user clicks on a Windows Explorer shortcut in Windows 7. Libraries are fine but that’s probably not the location that most users want to start their file browsing session in. The following article explains how to change the default Windows Explorer page to another start page instead, something that most Windows 7 users will be more comfortable with.

The most prominent location to open a new Windows Explorer window is from it’s taskbar icon which is permanently pinned there. The icon itself is merely a shortcut to Windows Explorer which means that we have to edit the shortcut so that it opens up Windows Explorer with another default location.

This is done by right-clicking the Windows Explorer icon which opens the jumplist listing the most recent Explorer windows that have been opened by the user. Another right-click on Windows Explorer in the jumplist and the selection of Properties will load the menu where the default Windows Explorer page can be changed.

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The shortcut tab in the Windows Explorer Properties will be opened after performing that operation. All we need to do is to edit the Target field in that menu to change the default Windows Explorer start page.

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  • My Computer – %SystemRoot%explorer.exe /E,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
  • My Documents – %SystemRoot%explorer.exe /N,::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}
  • Network Neighborhood – %SystemRoot%explorer.exe /N,::{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
  • Any Folder – %SystemRoot%explorer.exe folder path

To set the default Windows Explorer start page to c:windows one would have to change the target field to %SystemRoot%explorer.exe c:windows.

And that’s how you change the default Windows Explorer start page to another folder or location in Windows 7. The same principle applies to the Windows Explorer shortcut in the start menu.

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5 Responses to Change The Default Windows Explorer Start Page

  1. César November 17, 2009 at 8:24 am #

    Thx 😉

  2. chieftain20 November 17, 2009 at 9:55 am #

    Thanks I’ve been wondering how to change that! Changed mine to My Computer. I use it more often than anything.

  3. Guest November 17, 2009 at 11:32 am #

    Thank you so very much, that is the one feature I hated about Windows 7 who the hell wants to start browsing their computer in stupid Libraries

  4. Dan November 17, 2009 at 11:45 am #

    Here’s my Libraries Delete Trick:

    Here are the 2 keys to delete. Remember to export this setting as it is now, so you can put them back in case you need to. Good luck.

    Open Registry Editor (Run > regedit). When opened, browse to this key:


    and delete those 2 keys:


    I’m sorry if I broke some rules but I hate Libraries and I think most people do.

  5. John October 15, 2011 at 5:00 am #

    Awesome! thanks!

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