Command-Line Switches for Windows Explorer

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This article lists command-line switches you can use when you startWindows 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                 display./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
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