How To Stop Explorer From Showing Libraries When Launched From Taskbar

Normally, with default settings, Windows 7 provides three shortcut icons on the taskbar including Internet Explorer, Windows Explorer, and the Windows Media Player. Clicking on Windows Explorer icon on the taskbar opens up libraries, which isn’t what everybody wants.

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You may want to show “My Computer” details instead of Libraries. Here is how you can do it.

1. Right click on Explorer icon on the taskbar.

2. Right click the Windows Explorer icon in the list. Then click on “Properties”.

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3. In the Shortcut tab, you can change the “Target”  to open any location.


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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}

In our scenario, we changed it to open as “My Computer”

4. Click “OK” to save your changes.

That’s it. Test it by clicking on the Explorer icon of taskbar. In our case, it opened “My Computer” window.

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Enjoy!

Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.

  • Luke

    Great – really usefull! How can I change it to my user folder or somewhere else??

  • Luke

    Ah, found out….

    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe C:\Users\Name

    Easy !