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How can I set Windows Explorer to show only the folders I want.

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By default, folders appear in Microsoft Windows as folder icons or as pictures that are contained in the folder. (When folders appear as pictures, you are viewing them in “Thumbnails” view.) For example, when Microsoft Windows Server 2003 opens a folder for the first time, the folder contents appear in Classic view. When Microsoft Windows XP opens a folder for the first time, Windows uses a default template to display the folder contents and to view the settings based on the location of the folder, the number of files in the folder, and the proportion of special file types in the folder.

If you change these view settings or customize a folder, Windows remembers your settings when you open the folder again. You can use the folder’s View menu to change the view settings for the folder. You can use the Customize tab in the folder’s Properties dialog box to modify the folder icon, picture, and template.

Note By default, Windows stores the view settings and the customizations for only 400 folders at the same time.

Some folder options apply to all folders. For example, by default, both Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP hide protected operating system files, files or folders that have the hidden attribute, and file extensions (for known file types). To modify these settings and other advanced folder settings that apply to all folders, administrators can use the Folder Options item in Control Panel.

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  • TomLiotta
    How can I set Windows Explorer to show only the folders I want.   Can you clarify that? Do you want Explorer only to show a specific set of folers? Or do you want to be able to open Explorer to show different folders at different times?   To get Explorer to open at a paticular folder, you have to give it parameters that tell it which folder to open. The easiest way to do that is by setting Properties for a shortcut to Explorer. First create the shortcut, then right-click the shortcut to select the Properties. You type the extra parameters at the end of the "Target:" data.   For example, I have a directory on my C: drive named \\Download. I have an Explorer shortcut on my desktop that has this in the Target: field:%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e, c:\download   When I double-click that shortcut, my Download directory opens in Explorer.   Some general instructions can be seen at How to Force Windows Explorer to Start in the Folder You Want. Explanations of the parameters can be found at Windows Explorer Command-Line Options.   The parameter explanation shows that "/e," means it "Opens Windows Explorer in its default view." And by putting a directory name at the end, it "Opens a window view of the specified object."   You'll need a different shortcut for each different directory that you want Explorer to start at.   Tom
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    I'm not at all clear on why my comment shows up under the IT Discussions tab, but it doesn't show up here.  Tom
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