geeky · pc tips

shortcut with folder tree

i like shortcuts to folders to speed things up. i’ve always created shorcuts by right clicking on the folder -> create shortcut. a shortcut created that way will bring up the folder content but it will not give you a windows explorer view with the folder tree on the left i.e.

Windows explorer with folder tree

to create a shortcut with the folder tree do following:

  1. Right click an empty area of the desktop and choose New ->Then choose Shortcut from the list of options. A Create Shortcut dialogue box will appear.
  2. In the Command line box insert this line: %SystemRoot%\EXPLORER.EXE /n,/e,d:\
  3. Change the d:\ in the line above to the directory you wish to open. As an example if you had a folder named data in c:\ you would change the line to %SystemRoot%\EXPLORER.EXE /n,/e,c:\data
  4. Follow through the dialogue and give your shortcut a name. Once finished, if you double click on the shortcut created, it will bring up the appropriate folder with the windows explorer view.

One thought on “shortcut with folder tree

  1. Great!

    I like to see the folder tree and was tired of having to click “folders” every time I accessed a folder from a shortcut.

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