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This article lists command-line switches you can use when you start Windows Explorer (EXPLORER.EXE).



EXPLORER.EXE [/n][/e][,/root,<object>][[,/select],<sub object>]


/n:  Opens a new window in single-paned (My Computer) view for each item
     selected, even if the new window duplicates a window that is
     already open.

/e:  Uses Windows Explorer view. Windows Explorer view is most similar
     to File Manager in Windows version 3.x. Note that the default view
     is Open view.

/root,<object>:  Specifies the root level of the specified view. The
                 default is to use the normal namespace root (the
                 desktop). Whatever is specified is the root for the

/select,<sub object>:  Specifies the folder to receive the initial
                       focus. If "/select" is used, the parent folder
                       is opened and the specified object is selected.


  • To open a Windows Explorer view to explore only objects on \\<server name>, use the following syntax:
    explorer /e,/root,\\<server name>
  • To view the C:\WINDOWS folder and select CALC.EXE, use the following syntax:
    explorer /select,c:\windows\calc.exe


Article ID: 130510 - Last Review: January 19, 2007 - Revision: 1.4
  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition

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