Open Explorer in C Instead of the My Computer

Posted on January 8, 2009 by Daniel Petri in Windows Client OS with

Can I open Explorer in the C:’ drive instead of the My Computer view?

Yes. You can execute explorer from the command line or from a shortcut and use switches to control the view. The syntax is:



/n – opens a new "My Computer" view of the object, even if already open.

/e – opens an "Explorer" view of the object.

/root,{object} – the specified root for the display.

For example:

Explorer.exe /e,/root,D:’ will open an "Explorer" view of the D: drive.

Explorer.exe /e,D:’ will open an "Tree" view of your computer with the focus on the D: drive.