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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>]]

/e 

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

/n 

unknown

/root<object> 

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.

<folder> 

Opens the specified folder.

/select 

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>.

Examples

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.