Change Taskbar File Explorer to Open in My Computer

Windows 7/8 taskbar has a “Explorer” icon in the taskbar. But this shortcut does not open “My Computer”. Instead, it launches “Libraries”. This is mostly counterproductive or even annoying for users who often don’t need libraries. So, we are going to show you how to change that explorer shortcut to “My Computer”.


Taskbar file explorer opens in library folder


Step 1. Right-click on the explorer icon on the taskbar and right-click on “File explorer”. Then click on “Properties”.

Step 2. When the properties opens, go to the shortcut tab and change the “Target” to open any location you want.


Changing the file explorer target to open in my computer

  • To change it to open to “My Computer”, change the shortcut to: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
  • To change it to open to “My Documents”, change the shortcut to: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /N,::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}

Now you are free from continuous  trouble.

Rahat Farhan

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