You can execute explorer from the command line or from a shortcut and use switches to control the view. The syntax is: EXPLORER.EXE \[/n\] \[/e\] \[,/root,\{object\}\] \[\[,/select\],\{sub object\}\]

/n.................................Opens a new "My Computer" view of the object, even if already open.

/e.................................Opens an "Explorer" view of the object.

/root,\{object\}................The specified root for the display. Explorer.exe /e,/root,D:\ will open an "Explorer" view of the D: drive.

/select,\{sub object\}.......The specified folder or file receives focus. Explorer.exe /select,C:\WinNT\System32\Regedt32.exe will open a window view of C:\WinNT\System32 and the NT Registry Editor will receive focus. To do the same with an "Explorer" view, Explorer.exe /e,/select,C:\WinNT\System32\Regedt32.exe