How to change Windows Explorer default view to My Computer
If you have upgraded to Windows 7 from previous versions of Windows, you may have noticed a subtle difference when you open an explorer window – you see Libraries instead of drive locations. This was a subtle enough change that I didn’t really notice it for quite some time, I just knew that every time I opened explorer, I was looking at a completely useless view of folders.
So, I set out to find a way around this and Microsoft has kindly documented the procedure. For your convenience, I have shared the steps I followed below.
To change the default view to my computer when opening windows explorer, follow these steps:
- Right click on the windows explorer icon and click on properties (to find the windows explorer icon, you can go to Start > All Programs > Accessories)
- Change the text in the target box to the following:
Now when you open explorer, you should be looking at a familiar view of drives rather than nearly useless library folders.
Alternatively, a shorter version as pointed out in the comments works just as well and it's easier! Try using this variation: