Last updated: February 24, 2017
Windows Explorer is the tool on your computer that is commonly used to browse to files and folders. it is possible to open this application in a variety of ways but, if you open Windows Explorer directly, then it will always open in the same location. In many cases this will be your user profile or your document folder. However it is possible to change the default Windows Explorer folder location in Windows 7 to any folder of your choosing.
Windows 7 includes a “Windows Explorer” icon in the task bar at the bottom of the screen. This allows you to access your computer’s file system through one click, from any screen. However, the default folder that opens when you click the icon may not be as helpful for you as it could. Fortunately you can modify the folder that this icon opens.
How to Open Windows Explorer to a Different Location in Windows 7
The steps below will change the default folder for Windows Explorer. This will affect any instance where Windows Explorer is opened directly, such as the taskbar, or through the All Programs menu. It will not affect Windows Explorer when you double-click a file or folder on your desktop, or in any other way that you typically browse your computer’s files.
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