How-to make Windows Explorer open My Computer in Windows 7 instead of Libraries

A minor annoyance of mine is the fact that, when you pin Windows Explorer to the taskbar in Windows 7 (Windows 7 ships this way), clicking the icon takes you to the ‘libraries’ location. Myself, I’d prefer that it go either to my Documents folder or the ‘My Computer’ location, and here’s how to accomplish that:

  1. Open the Start menu
  2. Navigate to All Programs -> Accessories
  3. Right click on Windows Explorer and select Properties
  4. In the “Target” enter %SystemRoot%explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
  5. Select OK

Alternatively, you can place a path like C:\ or C:\Users\Brad Laue\Documents\ in place of the ‘::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}’ stuff.