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Michael Higham

*Edited a year ago

Tips and tricks: File Explorer switches

You can use File Explorer switches in the Run dialog box. Explorer [/e] [/select] [/separate] /e Opens File Explorer with the Navigation pane turned on (if it is turned off). The default to open File Explorer by using "explorer /e" (without the quotes) is the Documents folder. You can open another folder by using "explorer /e,[drive:]path" (for example, "explorer /e,c:\users"). /select The parent folder opens and the specified object is selected. (For example, "explorer /select,c:\windows\regedit.exe".) /separate Opens File Explorer in a separate process. Tip: You can also create shortcuts to File Explorer switches.