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  • silentbob 12 Apr 2006 23:04:57 28,949 posts
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    My computer doesn't exist as a folder on your machine. Its an MMC plugin.

    /Awaits confusion

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  • Dirtbox 12 Apr 2006 23:06:00 77,468 posts
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    What he said.

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  • TheBlueShmoo 12 Apr 2006 23:06:50 584 posts
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    A tricky one. By default, explorer.exe opens your "my documents" folder. I fear its probably a system command hidden in the registry (like the recycle bin) - can you point to a shortcut instead of an exe?
  • TheBlueShmoo 12 Apr 2006 23:07:25 584 posts
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    FluffyTucker wrote:
    On a slight Hijack, can you reprogram windows keys to do the same thing, open My Computer?

    windows key + E ?
  • Flightrisker 12 Apr 2006 23:07:42 18,096 posts
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    Spoon boy: Do not try and link to "My Computer". That's impossible. Instead... only try to realize the truth.

    Neo: What truth?

    Spoon boy: There is no "My Computer".

    Neo: There is no "My Computer"?

    Edited by Flightrisker at 23:08:10 12-04-2006
  • Dirtbox 12 Apr 2006 23:08:07 77,468 posts
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    See above.

    I suppose you could try linking it via C:\Documents and Settings\[user]\Desktop\My Computer

    But I wouldn't put money on it.

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  • silentbob 12 Apr 2006 23:08:28 28,949 posts
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    You can pass arguments to explorer.exe. Head to the command line and type explorer.exe /?

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  • Deleted user 12 April 2006 23:09:24
    Furbs wrote:
    On my laptop I have those pointless hotkeys which enable me to program it to run the .exe or a file (obviously).

    I want to set one up to go straight to "My Computer", but I dont know what the path would be? I'm using XP Home.

    Any ideas?

    Edited by Furbs at 23:03:58 12-04-2006

    explorer.exe /e,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
  • silentbob 12 Apr 2006 23:09:53 28,949 posts
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    Gremmi wrote:
    Furbs wrote:
    On my laptop I have those pointless hotkeys which enable me to program it to run the .exe or a file (obviously).

    I want to set one up to go straight to "My Computer", but I dont know what the path would be? I'm using XP Home.

    Any ideas?

    Edited by Furbs at 23:03:58 12-04-2006

    explorer.exe /e,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
    See :)

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  • Dirtbox 12 Apr 2006 23:10:38 77,468 posts
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    Any way to add an argument that doesn't display the slow arse folder list on the left?

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  • silentbob 12 Apr 2006 23:11:28 28,949 posts
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    Furbs wrote:
    I like Schmoos method the best.

    The rest of you are crap.
    /Resigns IT post
    /Becomes Gay

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  • TheBlueShmoo 12 Apr 2006 23:13:06 584 posts
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    Furbs wrote:
    TheBlueShmoo wrote:
    can you point to a shortcut instead of an exe?
    Brilliant, worked like a charm, thank you :)
    You can stay!


    Stay? ive been here a loooooooooooooooong time already. ;)
  • silentbob 12 Apr 2006 23:14:04 28,949 posts
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    TheBlueShmoo wrote:
    Furbs wrote:
    TheBlueShmoo wrote:
    can you point to a shortcut instead of an exe?
    Brilliant, worked like a charm, thank you :)
    You can stay!


    Stay? ive been here a loooooooooooooooong time already. ;)
    Tish and pish

    /Sneers at 17k ID

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  • Deleted user 12 April 2006 23:14:17
    Dirtbox wrote:
    Any way to add an argument that doesn't display the slow arse folder list on the left?

    Replace e with root
  • silentbob 12 Apr 2006 23:14:48 28,949 posts
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    FluffyTucker wrote:
    Stop saying gay, gaylord!
    I shall resort to using images instead: .. :) ..

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  • TheBlueShmoo 12 Apr 2006 23:14:49 584 posts
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    Furbs wrote:
    I like Schmoos method the best.

    The rest of you are crap.

    Bloody hell, i just blew tea out of my nostrils reading that.

    :)


    /choking
  • Deleted user 12 April 2006 23:15:27
    Furbs wrote:
    I like Schmoos method the best.

    The rest of you are crap.

    Psh. My way requires no additional bytes of info required to store the shortcut.

    I'm saving you disc space!
  • Dirtbox 12 Apr 2006 23:15:27 77,468 posts
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    Good one Gremmi.

    I'll let these kids spam now.

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  • TheBlueShmoo 12 Apr 2006 23:17:23 584 posts
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    silentbob wrote:
    /Sneers at 17k ID

    Silence you.... I think i only registered to enter a compo.
  • Deleted user 12 April 2006 23:23:26
    For reference, that code is the hex key in the registry. You can do the same with any special folder, like Control Panel, Printers, Network Neighbourhood, Recycle Bin etc. Just hunt through your registry for them, copy the key value, replace as needed.
  • TheBlueShmoo 12 Apr 2006 23:24:46 584 posts
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    Gremmi wrote:
    For reference, that code is the hex key in the registry. You can do the same with any special folder, like Control Panel, Printers, Network Neighbourhood, Recycle Bin etc. Just hunt through your registry for them, copy the key value, replace as needed.

    Thanks Gremmi, ive made a note.
  • reality_cheque 13 Apr 2006 08:12:01 7,487 posts
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    Gremmi wrote:
    For reference, that code is the hex key in the registry. You can do the same with any special folder, like Control Panel, Printers, Network Neighbourhood, Recycle Bin etc. Just hunt through your registry for them, copy the key value, replace as needed.

    Good to know. That'll keep me distracted for a few hours today.
  • thehat 13 Apr 2006 09:11:36 1,833 posts
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    Gremmi wrote:
    For reference, that code is the hex key in the registry. You can do the same with any special folder, like Control Panel, Printers, Network Neighbourhood, Recycle Bin etc. Just hunt through your registry for them, copy the key value, replace as needed.

    Nice tip, have a star.

    /bookmarks thread for future reference
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    On my laptop I have those pointless hotkeys which enable me to program it to run the .exe or a file (obviously).

    I want to set one up to go straight to "My Computer", but I dont know what the path would be? I'm using XP Home.

    Any ideas?

    Edited by Furbs at 23:03:58 12-04-2006
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    TheBlueShmoo wrote:
    can you point to a shortcut instead of an exe?
    Brilliant, worked like a charm, thank you :)
    You can stay!
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    I like Schmoos method the best.

    The rest of you are crap.
  • FenyX 29 Apr 2008 08:18:48 1 posts
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    It's a gamers place and I have no game on my PC. So maybe I have nothin to do here but as I'm working all days on computers, maybe I could add my contribution to your Windows help section. I'm also sorry to post an answer after a so long time since the last post just above, but my friend had a problem to find the right Explorer.exe command lines but has found this thread. I had not the time at this moment to help him so you here have done it for me, lol. Thanks.
    Anyway, my goal in this post is to complete the answers more precisely. For you and also for other users who will find this page on google like my friend did.



    Q: "Any way to add an argument that doesn't display the slow arse folder list on the left?"
    A: "Replace e with root"

    Yes it works this way but not for all situations as root is not intended for this use. The right way to disable the left panel in command line is to replace /e (in your example) with /n. You'll find more details about the /root option at the bottom of my explanations.


    [u]More details[/u]:

    Explorer [/n] [/e] [,/root,] [[,/select],]

    /n: Opens a new window in single-paned ( My Computer ) view for each item selected, even if the new window duplicates a window that is already open.

    /e: Uses Windows Explorer View. Similar to File Manager in Windows 3x. The default view is Open View.

    /root, : Specifies the root level of the specified view. The default is to use the normal namespace root (the desktop). Whatever is specified is the root for the display.

    /select, : Specifies the folder to receive the initial focus. If "/select" is used, the parent folder is opened and the specified object is selected.


    [u]Basic examples with files[/u]:
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,e:
    Open E: without left panel

    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,c:
    Open C: with the left panel

    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,/select,C:\boot.ini
    Open C: with focus directly on boot.ini


    [u]Examples with the CLSIDs of special Explorer objects[/u]:
    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
    Open My Computer with the same view as when you click on your My Computer icon

    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}
    Open My Documents with the same view as when you click on your My Documents icon

    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
    Open Network Favorites

    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
    Open Recycle Bin

    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{7BD29E00-76C1-11CF-9DD0-00A0C9034933}
    Open Favorites folder

    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}
    Open Control Panel
    Explanation: The Control Panel object whose CLSID is {21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D} is a sub-object of My Computer.

    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
    Open Printers and telecopiers

    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524152}
    Open Fonts folder

    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{E211B736-43FD-11D1-9EFB-0000F8757FCD}
    Open Scanners and Cameras

    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E}
    Open Network Neighbourhood

    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}
    Open Administration Tools

    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}
    Open Tasks Scheduler

    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{BDEADF00-C265-11D0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F}
    Open Web Folders

    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{1F4DE370-D627-11D1-BA4F-00A0C91EEDBA}
    Open the computer search results folder

    %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{E17D4FC0-5564-11D1-83F2-00A0C90DC849}
    Open the network search results folder

    Note that the other menus that you can find in the Control Panel are the *.cpl files located in your "\WINDOWS\system32" directory.


    At last, /root is useful only for some specific actions. It's more to do things like opening a network folder. In this case you better see the interest of the /root option to view objects on \\ only: explorer /e,/root,\\

    This can be combined with some interesting environment variables like here: explorer /e,/root,%LogonServer%


    Tell me if you want more local and network environment variables for your commands and I'll post a new thread about it. I hope this post will help some peoples.
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