Windows 10: How do you get file explorer to open libraries by default ?

Discus and support How do you get file explorer to open libraries by default ? in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I'm used to working with quite a few libraries in W8.1 and would like file explorer in W10 to directly go to the libraries view if possible rather than... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Mooly, Jun 17, 2015.

  1. Mooly Win User

    How do you get file explorer to open libraries by default ?


    I'm used to working with quite a few libraries in W8.1 and would like file explorer in W10 to directly go to the libraries view if possible rather than the 'quick access' screen.

    Can it be done ?

    :)
     
    Mooly, Jun 17, 2015
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    Hi,

    Thank you for the reply. Sorry for the delay.

    Try to restore default libraries and check.

    To restore the computer's default libraries, follow these steps.

    Note: Deleting and re-creating the libraries does not affect the data in the libraries.

    1. Open Windows/File Explorer.

    2. In the left pane, click Libraries.

    Note: If you don't see "Libraries" listed, tap or click View at the top of the screen. On the Navigation pane drop-down menu, make sure that Show libraries is selected.

    3. Right-click each library (Pictures) and then tap or click Delete.

    4. In the left pane, right-click (or tap and hold) Libraries, and then select Restore default libraries. This action re-creates the libraries.
    All the data in the library folders should again be accessible through Windows Explorer.



    Hope this helps in resolving the issue. If the issue persists, do get back to us. We will be happy to assist you.
     
    Kalpana Shankarappa, Jun 17, 2015
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  3. Random files not showing up in Documents library

    Oh library missing it. Not sure how I missed that. The library depends on indexing, so you might check that your indexing service is running and finished.

    The first troubleshooting step I'd try is to delete the library itself, then right-click the libraries header in file explorer and choose "restore default libraries".

    If you want, you can make a backup of your existing library (it's just a search definition file, you can open it in notepad if you wanted to view what it uses as search criteria).
     
    Shawn 'Cmdr' Keene [MVP], Jun 17, 2015
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  4. JimWiz1 Win User

    How do you get file explorer to open libraries by default ?

    Yes. Open your file explorer, select View, on the far left pick the drop down Navigation Pane, and put a check in Show Libraries.
    Live long and Prosper,
     
    JimWiz1, Jun 17, 2015
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  5. Charlie Win User
    view
    I go to options on the right change to this pc
     
    Charlie, Jun 17, 2015
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  6. If I understand OP correctly, then the answer is No. You can make File Explorer open either Quick Access or This PC, but not the Libraries. Which is, what I would like to have too, BTW. The closet you can get to it is to pin Libraries to Quick Access and then set the File Explorer to open on Quick Access. However, this does not open the library tree in the left pane, but in right pane only:-(.
     
    Olivir2014, Jun 17, 2015
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  7. Mooly Win User
    Thanks guys. This is the view I want to see when I click File Explorer, which from what you say seems as though it can not done.
     
    Mooly, Jun 17, 2015
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  8. How do you get file explorer to open libraries by default ?

    Slartybart, Jun 17, 2015
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  9. Mooly Win User
    Thanks Slartybart, I'm on the 8.1 pc at the moment so it will be tomorrow morning before I get chance to give those a try.
     
    Mooly, Jun 17, 2015
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  10. JimWiz1 Win User
    OK, sorry I misunderstood your question. This PC and Quick Access are all the show up in the Open File Explorer to: Folder Options.


    How do you get file explorer to open libraries by default ? [​IMG]
     
    JimWiz1, Jun 17, 2015
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  11. Edwin New Member
    Not really, but you could go to the default Desktop and right click on Libraries and create a short cut, place that somewhere in C:, create another shortcut on the desktop with the new Libraries one as 'Path' and then pin that to the taskbar.
     
    Edwin, Jun 18, 2015
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  12. That's sort of what the tutorial prescribes.

    The target in the Libraries.zip (contains one shortcut) is :

    %WinDir%\explorer.exe /e,::{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}
     
    Slartybart, Jun 18, 2015
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  13. Edwin New Member

    How do you get file explorer to open libraries by default ?

    ARRRGH! Sorry bout that! *Redface
    I didn't pay attention!
     
    Edwin, Jun 18, 2015
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  14. No problem ... your answer was spot on, I found the tut and posted it. *Cool
     
    Slartybart, Jun 18, 2015
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  15. Mooly Win User
    Terrific, thanks guys. A combination of things from your replies enabled me to do it. I ran Shawns zip file to create a new shortcut for the desktop and that worked but was 'blocked' needing UAC to run it. Looking at properties and there was no obvious 'unblock' option as shown in the TUT so at this point I just copied the target from the properties box and pasted that into a new shortcut I created, which worked straight off. That could then be dragged the tray. I did see there is an option to create a library tile by right clicking 'Libraries' but no option to pin to the taskbar. I'd call that a serious omission.

    So thanks again... lol, the power of the forum.
     
    Mooly, Jun 18, 2015
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