How to change windows explorer default folder on Windows 8

We are going see in this tutorial about the steps required for changing the windows explorer’s default folder on Windows 8. When you launch Windows explorer it displays libraries folder as the default view. But if you want to change the default view to point to your working directory then you can follow the below mentioned steps.

default view libraries

Navigate to Windows 8 desktop using the Windows key shortcut (Win + D) then right click on explorer icon on the taskbar. Now again right click on Windows Explorer in the displayed menu list.

Windows exploer icon 

This would launch the following Windows Explorer Properties window.

Windows Explorer Properties

Now navigate to Target section and set your preferred path as the target folder path. Then click Ok button to confirm and save the changes. Now the when you open Windows Explorer, your preferred path will be set as the default view.

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  • 123 October 28, 2012, 2:15 am

    useless info! how do you set it to Computer!!!?!

  • 123 October 28, 2012, 2:15 am

    useless info! how do you set it to Computer!!!?!

  • Miikka Virtanen November 6, 2012, 3:47 pm

    Thanks for the tips! For anyone wondering how to set the default folder to “Computer”, this worked for me: https://bitly.com/2Qw79

  • Miikka Virtanen November 6, 2012, 3:47 pm

    Thanks for the tips! For anyone wondering how to set the default folder to “Computer”, this worked for me: https://bitly.com/2Qw79

  • Miikka Virtanen November 6, 2012, 3:51 pm

    Actually, a correction to the previous comment, the shortcut “Target” value from here worked better: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/221878
    The other one gave me some errors when I tried to navigate to other folders from “Computer”.

  • Miikka Virtanen November 6, 2012, 3:51 pm

    Actually, a correction to the previous comment, the shortcut “Target” value from here worked better: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/221878
    The other one gave me some errors when I tried to navigate to other folders from “Computer”.

  • SERGIO May 29, 2013, 12:42 am

    Thanks for the tip. Really helpfull

  • SERGIO May 29, 2013, 12:42 am

    Thanks for the tip. Really helpfull

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