How can I change the initially highlighted folder when I start Explorer

Posted on 2002-03-14
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Last Modified: 2013-12-28
With my old hard drive, when I opened "Explorer," the automatically highlighted item in the left pane was the C: drive.  I installed a new hard drive and reinstalled Windows 98. Now, the highlighted item in the left pane is the "Start Menu."  I know this is trivial, but I find it quite annoying, as the Start Menu is rarely what I want to see when I open Explorer.  So how to I make Explorer highlight the C: drive when I first open it?

Similarly, is there anyway to get "Outlook Express" default to save an email as "text" instead of "mail"?  Or to have the default folder to save it to be the last folder it saved to, even the first time I use "Outlook" each day.  (Currently, it defaults to the last folder used, but only after I've already saved something.)
Question by:rtfan
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LeeTutor earned 400 total points
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Make sure the Target field when you right-click your Windows Explorer shortcut and select Properties has the following in it:


In my Outlook Express vsn. 5.5 (and I believe it is also true in version 5) I can do this: click on the Tools menu, choose Options, click on the Send tab.  There is a section called Mail sending format, and you can choose either HTML or Text.  There is also a checkbox for Reply to messages using the format in which they were sent.  If you always want to send Text, then this check box should be empty.

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I will be giving Lee the points, but first I want to mention that he misread my second question, so perhaps it can still be answered.  The second question was not about "replying" to an email.  It was about saving a received email as a text file.  Each day, when I first launch Outlook Express and want to save an email I have recieved, there is a default folder that it will be saved two, and the default is to save it as "mail," not "text."  After the first save on a given day, it will then default to the previous folder (but the save default is still "mail").  Is there anyway to make the default folder each time I launch Outlook Express to be the folder I used previously and is there any way to make "text" the default file type to save the email.
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Ah, now with the new understanding of your second and third questions, I see that I haven't yet found an answer.  Tried it on my own computer, and it worked as you describe. I scanned the Registry for anything pertaining to Outlook Express, and found nothing useful.  Then went to www.regedit.com and searched for tips regarding Outlook Express, found quite a few but none match what you want. Perhaps, as you say, someone else can find something...  If someone does, remember that you can split points:

You can split points on questions, however you need the help of Community Support to do so. What you need to do is post a zero point question in the Community Support area by clicking on the link for Community Support near the top left of the Experts-Exchange web page, in the EE Community section.  In the question you need to reference this question number, who you wish to split the points among, and what point values to assign, then Community Support staff will do the rest, normally by reducing the original point value of this question to allow you to post new questions for the other experts.
These questions would be titled points for whomever and paste the question's  url in the comment block so the expert would know what it was about.


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No need to split the points.  You answered my main question.  I will probably start using something other than Outlook Express one of these days anyway.


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