How to Open Windows Explorer on the C Drive

By Travis Larson

Microsoft's Windows Explorer is an application included in Windows operating systems that helps you browse the files and folders on your computer. When you open Windows Explorer in Windows 7, the default view shows the libraries on the computer, such as Pictures and Documents. If you do not typically use the libraries or find them useful, you can configure Windows Explorer to automatically display the contents of the C drive or any of its folders.

Step 1

Right-click the Windows Explorer icon on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. A list of folders will open above the icon.

Step 2

Right-click the "Windows Explorer" folder and click "Properties." This opens the Windows Explorer Properties window.

Step 3

Click the "Shortcut" tab in the Windows Explorer Properties window.

Step 4

Type "%windir%\explorer.exe C:" in the "Target" text box. This defines the location of the Windows Explorer executable file and tells Windows Explorer to display the contents of the C drive. Click "OK."

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to open a specific folder on the C drive, type the full path of the folder in the "Target" text box. For example, you can open the Program Files folder by typing "%windir%\explorer.exe C:\Program Files."