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How do I get Win Explorer to return the same way.

Posted on 2000-03-21
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In Win3.1 you could customize the File Manager (at the time) to be expanded to whatever you wanted it to look like, sorted the way you wanted it to be sorted, then click on FILE, EXIT while holding down the SHIFT key.

How do you do this in WIN2000?
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Question by:larouche
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by:BackBonE
ID: 2640837
Try on an explorer window:
view/Toolbars/Customize
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by:larouche
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I'm not trying to customize the toolbar....

What I'm trying to do is to get explorer to open up always with the same view...IE I like to see everthing unexpanded except for my C:\ drive expanded one level.
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by:SnotFu
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I did get it to stop opening to "My Documents" by using http://support.microsoft.com. It now opens to "My Computer" which is a subtle improvement.
I used to have my Windows Explorer shortcut open to the "C:" root in 98, but this has changed in 2000. All I could find was this start. Add the following to your "Windows Explorer" shortcut in the target section: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

If you can find the correct information after the /e then you have a chance to open to "C:". I'm sure it's out there somewhere.
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by:larouche
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Certainly good info...but not the answer I'm looking for.

To rephrase the question, what I'm looking for is a way to have Windows Explorer open up as it does as the default, except I'd like My computer expanded to show the drives under it, and to have the "C" drive expanded to show the first level of folders.

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by:epaul
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NUM LOCK+F5 would be of interest

Goto tools->folder options->view->reset all folders
Customizing your explorer and then click like current folder.
Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts
Press To
END Display the bottom of the active window.
HOME Display the top of the active window.
NUM LOCK+ASTERISK on numeric keypad (*) Display all subfolders under the selected folder.
NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN on numeric keypad (+) Display the contents of the selected folder.
NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN on numeric keypad (-) Collapse the selected folder.
LEFT ARROW Collapse current selection if it's expanded, or select parent folder.
RIGHT ARROW Display current selection if it's collapsed, or select first subfolder.
NUM LOCK+F5 may be very interesting
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by:larouche
ID: 2653793
Adjusted points from 50 to 200
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by:larouche
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OK. Maybe 200 points will get me the right answer:

I want Explorer to always open up the same way.  I want the left hand pane to have everything colapsed (like default) execpt I'd like My computer expanded to show the drives under it, and to have the "C" drive expanded to show the first level of folders.

After I close Explorer and reopen it, I want it to come back that way....not what it does now which is to come back fully colapsed again.



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by:BackBonE
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This how I work:
I have shortcuts to every hdd in my PC on desktop.
I enabled the "remember each folder's view settings" from Tools/Folder Options/View TAB.
I open every hdd or hdd subfolder from my desktop make my arrangements and close them. Sometimes I have to repeat it, but after a while it works.

There is a workaround though:
You could use an autorun.inf on root of your hdd's including a script like:

<script language="JavaScript"><!--
// BackBonE's Browser Maximizer
self.moveTo(0,0)
self.resizeTo(800,600)
//--></script>
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by:larouche
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Your top suggestion does not work for me.

Your script suggestion is not what I'm really looking for.
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by:larouche
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Adjusted points from 200 to 300
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by:larouche
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Maybe 300 points will get me this secret?

In case you forgot the question:

I want Explorer to always open up the same way.  I want the left hand pane to have everything colapsed (like default) execpt I'd like My computer expanded to show the drives under it, and to have the "C" drive expanded to show the first level of folders.

After I close Explorer and reopen it, I want it to come back that way....not what it does now which is to come back fully colapsed again.





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mhomoky earned 300 total points
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Have you tried the shortcut "Explorer.exe /e C:" ?

Seemed to work last time I tried it.  This will not enable you to save everything though, so if you really want to customise the view, you're out of luck.  Sorry.
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by:larouche
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by:larouche
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Couldn't get explorer.exe /e C: to work...but without the C: does exactly what I'm looking for!

Thanks!

v/r
Chip
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