You can do it; it’s just not obvious.
Windows File Explorer has several options for you configure what it looks like, what’s displayed, and more. Unfortunately, configuring it to open on a specific folder isn’t one of them.
Fortunately, there is another way.
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Open Windows File Explorer to a Specific Folder
To open Windows File Explorer to a specific folder, create a shortcut to “%SYSTEMROOT%\explorer.exe /e,<folder>”, where “<folder>” is the folder of your choice.
Create a shortcut
The approach is to create a shortcut to Windows File Explorer, giving it the specific folder as a parameter. Here’s how.
Right-click on an empty area of the desktop. Click on New and then Shortcut.
In the resulting dialog, enter:
- %SYSTEMROOT% tells Windows to use the location of your Windows installation.1
- explorer.exe is Windows File Explorer
- /e (optional) tells Windows File Explorer to display the left-hand folder pane
- c:\t is the folder you want it to open to. Replace this with the folder you’re interested in. If the path contains any spaces, put the folder in quotes, e.g., “C:\t”.
Click Next, and give the shortcut a descriptive name.
Double-click on the shortcut, and Windows File Explorer will open to the folder you’ve specified.
You can, of course, place this shortcut wherever you like, including on the Start Menu.
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Footnotes & References
1: Technically, this may not be needed. Just saying “explorer.exe” should run the right program. Using %SYSTEMROOT% is slightly safer in case certain settings have been changed.