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Old 08-30-05, 10:44 PM   #1
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What's the command line to explore "My Computer"?

I usually use a button on a mouse to do this but I got a new mouse (MS Wireless Optical Intellimouse that has a nice long range) which uses a newer version of the Intellimouse software that doesn't have that option anymore. I want to start explorer at the listing of all the drives.

It will let me enter my own command though so I'm using "explorer.exe" but that starts at "My Documents". "explorer.exe c:" starts at C:. It doesn't like "explorer.exe "My Computer".

Anyone know?
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Old 08-30-05, 10:55 PM   #2
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I don't think it's possible. "My Computer" is a virtual Windows concoction, unlike say "my documents" which is an actual folder on a drive
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Old 08-30-05, 10:57 PM   #3
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Well, the old versions of Intellimouse could do it. But they didn't show you the command line, "Explore My Computer" was just a built in option.

So there must be some hook to "My Computer". It's probably some guid or something.
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Old 08-30-05, 11:07 PM   #4
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Does this give you what you want?

explorer.exe/select,c:

the comma is important. You can also use any drive letter you have. This forces explorer to open the folder above whatever drive letter you type (in this case c
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Old 08-30-05, 11:08 PM   #5
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Run("explorer.exe","/e,/select,z:\")
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Old 08-30-05, 11:09 PM   #6
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I found one method...

explorer.exe /e,/root,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
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Old 08-30-05, 11:11 PM   #7
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Run("explorer.exe","/e,/select,z:\")
My computer doesn't like that at all!
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Old 08-30-05, 11:12 PM   #8
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My computer doesn't like that at all!
Probably because you don't have a z: drive. Try what I suggested.
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Old 08-30-05, 11:12 PM   #9
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Does this give you what you want?

explorer.exe/select,c:

the comma is important. You can also use any drive letter you have. This forces explorer to open the folder above whatever drive letter you type (in this case c
That looks promising. Win2K doesn't seem to like it though.

A space before the "/" works though. Very nice! Thanks.
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Old 08-30-05, 11:14 PM   #10
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My computer doesn't like that at all!
d'oh. sorry

got it from here - http://techsupt.winbatch.com/TS/T000001055F7.html
it said "same as hitting the Windows key+E"
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Old 08-30-05, 11:14 PM   #11
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Ooops, I assumed you were on a winxp machine. I haven't worked with w2k in awhile.
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Old 08-30-05, 11:15 PM   #12
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Ooops, I assumed you were on a winxp machine. I haven't worked with w2k in awhile.
No, it worked. It just needed a space before the /.
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Old 08-30-05, 11:16 PM   #13
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Interesting, no space needed on my winxp rig.
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Old 08-30-05, 11:17 PM   #14
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d'oh. sorry

got it from here - http://techsupt.winbatch.com/TS/T000001055F7.html
it said "same as hitting the Windows key+E"
It did end up working when I entered it as

explorer.exe /e,/select,z:\
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Old 08-30-05, 11:18 PM   #15
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Interesting, no space needed on my winxp rig.
Yeah.

It's going on XP anyway, but I'm using a Win2K computer for this.
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Old 08-30-05, 11:22 PM   #16
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I can't get it to work with z: with or without the space. Keeps telling me the path does not exist. No go on explorer.exe /e,/select,z:\ either.
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Old 08-30-05, 11:24 PM   #17
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Well, it works for me because I have a Z drive. Try a c: instead.

It's nice because it gives you two panels. I only get one with your method.
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Old 08-30-05, 11:27 PM   #18
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One thing you could do if you have say 2 or 3 different things you wanted to do is create batch files with real short names.

I just created a open.bat file with explorer.exe/select,c:
when I type in open.bat ....bingo

I am always looking for the fewest keystrokes.
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Old 08-30-05, 11:32 PM   #19
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Well, it works for me because I have a Z drive. Try a c: instead.

It's nice because it gives you two panels. I only get one with your method.
You are right, with the longer method the folder view comes up. No space needed. Nice.
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Old 08-30-05, 11:38 PM   #20
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Just tried it with the new mouse and it works great.

It's for my HTPC and depending on what resolution I'm running on the RPTV it's sometimes a pain clicking on icons. So this is a real nice shortcut.

Thanks you guys.
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Old 09-01-05, 02:58 PM   #21
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Well, that mouse shortcut worked so well I figured I'd update the mouse software on my main (Win2K) computer too. I'm not too thrilled with the way it scrolls now, you can't specify the number of lines per wheel stop, it depends on wheel speed now, but I can live with that. It did fix another problem I was having so I'm real happy about that.

But when I press the mouse button to run Windows Explorer, it doesn't always come up to the foreground. When I'm in IE, WE will come up flashing on the taskbar and I have to click it to show the panel on my screen. It always came up to the foreground with the old Intellimouse software that had "Explore My Computer" as an option.
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Old 09-01-05, 06:03 PM   #22
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I use this method for folder-shortcuts in general, to have direct icons for my most common folders.. I always like to use the folder-view and the details setting.
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I found one method...

explorer.exe /e,/root,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
Yeah, that would've been my first guess. Psh... n00bs...

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Old 09-02-05, 12:06 AM   #24
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{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
You can use this as some kind of file extension. For example, select a folder and add ".{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}" (w/o the quotes) to the folder name and that folder will point to my computer - hiding the contents of the original folder. You want to get your old folder back, just remove that extension.
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