Right mouse click on the Start button then Left mouse click on Explore or Explorer.
How many times have you repeated the lines "Right Mouse Click on Start" and were asked... Well let's leave it at that. This post is taking right from the Microsoft Page showing the simple command line usage. Now it's click on start then from the run...
This might sound so easy but if I had to count the number of times I had to explain how to Right Click on the Windows Start button the number would be .. Let's just say it would be high.
Now, Skipping the whole Right Mouse Button and working with simple clicks and typing.
When you open Explorer it will always default to your My Documents folder. This is always confusing for the first time visitor.
Microsoft published a resource that shows you all the operations but I'm going to list only one. The last time someone asked me to find a document for them on a network I asked them to open windows explorer. "How?"
- Click on Start or the start windows icon
- Click on RUN or the search line.
- Type the following: explorer /e, C:\
Now I can help you better by not confusing your documents folder with the root drive.
You can also use the /select, C:\Documents and Settings\My Documents if you are looking to open a single folder location.
More about this at Microsoft and below.
Copied from Resource Link "Microsoft Support How to customize your windows explorer in XP "
This step-by-step article describes how to use the Windows Explorer command-line switches in Windows XP.
You can use the command-line switches either to customize the default view that Windows Explorer uses when it starts, or to specify the view when you start Windows Explorer from a command prompt.
You can use the following switches with the Explorer.exe command.
|/n||Opens a new single-pane Window for the default selection.
This is usually the root of the drive on which Windows is installed.
|/e||Starts Windows Explorer using its default view.|
|/e, object||Starts Windows Explorer using its default view with the focus on the specified folder.|
|/root, object||Opens a window view of the specified object.|
|/select, object||Opens a window view with the specified folder, file or
Run Windows Explorer from a Command Prompt
To run Windows Explorer from a command prompt:
- Click Start, and then click Run.
- In the Open box, type Explorer, and then click OK.
The following examples describe the use of Windows Explorer switches.
- Explorer /n
This command opens an Explorer window using the default setting. This is usually the root of the drive on which Windows is installed.
- Explorer /e
This command starts Windows Explorer using the default view.
- Explorer /e,C:\Windows
This command starts Windows Explorer using the default view, with the focus on C:\Windows.
- Explorer /root, C:\Windows\Cursors
This command starts Windows Explorer at the C:\Windows\Cursors folder. This example uses C:\Windows\Cursors as the "root" directory for Windows Explorer.
NOTE: Note the comma after the "/root" switch in the command.
- Explorer /select, C:\Windows\Cursors\banana.ani
This command starts Windows Explorer with the "C:\Windows\Cursors\banana.ani" file selected.
NOTE: Note the comma after the "/select" switch in the command.
The Windows Explorer switches can be combined in a single command. The following example shows the combination of the Windows Explorer command-line switches.
- Explorer /root, \\server\share, select, Program.exe
This command starts Windows Explorer using the remote share as its "root" folder, along with the Program.exe file selected.
Change the Windows Explorer Default Startup Folder
To change the default startup folder for Windows Explorer:
- Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then right-click Windows Explorer.
- On the menu that appears, click Properties.
- In the Targetbox, append the "/root" command-line switch to the "%SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe" command, using the startup location that you want. For example, if you want Windows Explorer to start at the root of drive C, edit the command to the following: %SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /root, C:\
- Click OK.