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Windows Explorer Switches September 24, 2001

Windows Explorer switches are useful in creating rooted folders.

Explorer [/e,] [/n,] [/root,<object>,] [[<folder>] | [/select, <sub object>]]


Use Explorer view (scope and results pane view). The default is open view (results in pane view only).




Specify the object in the "normal" name space that is used as the root (top level) for Windows Explorer. The default is the Desktop folder.


Opens the specified folder.


The parent folder opens and the specified object is selected.

<sub object> 

The folder or file that Windows Explorer opens. If the /select switch is used, the sub object is highlighted. If the /select switch is not used, the folder or file opens in Explorer. The default is the root<object>.


Explorer /e, /root, \\Reports 

Opens an Explorer window at \\Reports.

Explorer /select, C:\Windows\Calc.exe 

Opens a folder at C:\Windows (or activates one that is currently open), and selects Calc.exe.

Explorer /e, /root,  \Source\Internal\Design\Users\David\Archive

Opens a folder to the Archive folder. This is a good way to create a dedicated, remote, documents archive folder. A link to the \\Source\Internal\Design\Users\David\Archive folders can then be placed in the SendTo folder for quick routing of documents.