In Windows 7, the UI including the taskbar, jump lists, etc. was a huge upgrade. But what about the folder shortcut on your taskbar? I find it helpful being that I can just click it and I’m instantly in Windows Explorer sitting in my Libraries folders. But like any groovy geek, I like to choose my own destiny, so let’s change where it points me!
How To Change Your Explorer’s Default Folder In Windows 7
Right-Click your Explorer taskbar icon and Select Properties.
Note that you may have to Right-Click it and then Right-Click it again within the jump list that appears to get to the context menu where you can Select Properties.
The shortcut tab should open by default, but if it doesn’t just Click the Shortcut tab.
The only area of interest on this tab is the Target box. By default the target will point to:
This location is exactly where we want it to point, to so don’t modify that at all. What we’re going to do is add some text after it.
Type a single space after the %windir%explorer.exe part, and then Type your folder path right after it. For example, I want it to point to my Downloads folder so mine becomes:
Or I could have just put %userprofile%\downloads\ since that will automatically point to the C:\Users\grooveDexter\ folder for me. Notice I didn’t change the first part, I just added the folder location right after explorer.exe. This procedure might sound a little confusing, so refer to the screenshot below as it explains it a bit more clearly. Don’t forget to Click OK to save changes!
From now on when you Click the Windows Explorer shortcut on your taskbar, then it will open up to the folder you specified in Step 2! Groovy eh?
If you ever want to revert to the original settings just go back in and modify the target, setting it back to the default path of just %windir%\explorer.exe.