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14 September, 2006

My Explorer; mine

Another Thursday, another Windows tip discovered via the Guardian's 'Ask Jack' column.

This is a workaround for one of the more annoying 'Microsoft knows best' features, whereby Windows Explorer 'helpfully' opens in the 'My Documents' folder every time, refusing to consider that the user might have an alternative preference.
This article (yes, at Microsoft.com) acknowledges that one could "put the Windows Explorer shortcut to better use by changing it to display all top-level drives and folders on your system", and explains how to modify the .exe path to do exactly that.
If Microsoft itself thinks that's such a great idea, why wasn't a proper config interface provided?

Personally, I simply set 'My Documents' to be an alias of 'C:', but that's not ideal, mixing user and system/program directories together, so I might switch to this alternative technique.

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>Personally, I simply set 'My Documents' to be an alias of 'C:', but that's not ideal, mixing user and system/program directories together, so I might switch to this alternative technique.

disappointingly (brutally so), in the move from Mac OS to Mac OS X, Apple removed all ability from the user to modify standard paths like this AND still use their own machine usefully.

Posted by Saltation at September 20, 2006 04:23 PM
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