Change the Default File Explorer Startup Folder in Windows 8

The Libraries view is the default view when you open Windows Explorer in Windows 7 or File Explorer in Windows 8. If you want to open a different folder when you open Explorer, it’s easy to change in Windows 8, and we’ll show you how……

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NOTE: The following is the path used to access the Libraries. You can use the following path, replacing “<username>” with your username, to set the default location, or folder, back to the Libraries.

C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries

2 To select a custom folder as the default location to be opened in File Explorer, open File Explorer, navigate to the desired folder, and click in the address bar to select the full path. Copy the path.3

Right-click on the File Explorer icon on the Taskbar, bringing up the jump list. Right-click on the File Explorer option on the jump list and select Properties from the popup menu.

4Highlight the current path in the Target edit box and paste in the full path you copied from File Explorer. Click OK to accept your change.

5Now, when you open File Explorer, it opens your custom folder by default. 6

You can also use a GUID (Globally Unique Identifiers) to specify a certain location, such as My Computer. For example, entering the following in the Target field will open My Computer every time you open File Explorer.

C:\Windows\explorer.exe :: {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

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