How to Open Windows Explorer to Favorites in Windows 7

When you start Windows Explorer using the Pinned Taskbar shortcut, it opens the Libraries folder by default. If you want Explorer to open to Favorites instead, here are a couple of options for you:

Creating a New Desktop Shortcut to Favorites

Right-click on the desktop, click New and click Shortcut.

Type the following path and click Next

explorer.exe shell:::{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}

Assign a name for the shortcut.

Tip: Another way to create a shortcut to Favorites is to open Windows Explorer, click Favorites in the left pane and drag it on to the Desktop.

Want to configure the Windows Explorer Pinned Taskbar icon instead of creating new shortcuts? It’s possible.

Editing Windows Explorer Taskbar Shortcut Target

Right-click Windows Explorer icon in the Taskbar

Right-click Windows Explorer and click Properties.

Type the following path:

explorer.exe shell:::{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}

Click OK.

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Ramesh Srinivasan founded back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and has a vast experience in Windows — delivering support for Microsoft's consumer products. He has been a Microsoft MVP (2003-2012) who contributes to various Windows support forums.

1 thought on “How to Open Windows Explorer to Favorites in Windows 7”

  1. Thanks for the info.

    How can you set the default location for opening Windows Explorer when you right click the start button. THAT would be helpful. {Also setting for Server 2008 would be cool}


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