Configuring Windows Explorer for Multiple Disk Drives

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Inside Microsoft Windows 95

A publication of The Cobb Group

Published February 1998

Do you have a large hard disk? If so, chances are that you've partitioned it into several drives. When you double-click the My Computer icon, you see a list of all the drives on your hard disk, as shown in Figure A. However, when you launch Windows Explorer, it displays the contents of drive C in the right panel, as shown in Figure B. Wouldn't it be nice to configure Windows Explorer to display a list of drives as My Computer does? As it turns out, doing so is easy.

To begin, open the Start menu and select Settings/Taskbar…. Next, click the Start Menu Programs tab and click the Advanced… button. Now, locate your Windows Explorer shortcut in your Programs folder, right-click it, and select the Properties command. When the Windows Explorer Properties sheet appears, click the Shortcut tab. Then, add the /Select switch after the /e switch so that the Target text box reads

C:\Windows\Explorer.exe /n,/e,/select,C:\


Figure A: My Computer lists all the disk drives each time you open it.


Figure B: By default, Windows Explorer displays only the contents of drive C when you open it.

The /Select switch configures Windows Explorer to open a My Computer view of your system. Now when you select the Windows Explorer shortcut on the Start menu, your window will look like the one shown in Figure C.


Figure C: Using the /Select switch allows you to configure Windows Explorer to open a My Computer view of your system.