Question - Petty, it's about PowerToys keyboard shortcuts and making explorer open specific location

Hello All!

I wonder if anyone had a method to do this.

I’ve used PowerToys to map a completely unused button to open an explorer window (Win+E), but it would be really nice to have it open an explorer window and a specific directory. I tried putting things like this in the ‘target app’ box, but it hasn’t work - it also seems to lower case everything, in case that’s important.

%SYSTEMROOT%\explorer.exe /e,C:\place-i-would-like-to-open
explorer.exe "C:\place-i-would-like-to-open"
C:\Windows\explorer.exe /n, /e, C:\

Do you think that’s possible? If it helps to know, it’s actually the results of a shortcut I’d like to view.



i interpret Target app to mean remap this shortcut inside this application as in, to scope it to a specific app and not make it a global keyboard hook, does that make sense?


i think you want something like Autohotkey, it’ll trigger an arbitrary macro when you press a button on the keyboard, including your explorer.exe /c... args


Oh I see, I read it wrong. I understand what it means now - thanks! :+1:

Thank you for that, I’ll try to use it, had previously never heard of it…I’ll give it a go and see how I get on! :+1:

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good luck man i think you got it

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I’m on it, like a car bonnet, as us Pom’s say! :smile:
(have Ozz Brother-In-Law and my mum’s sister emigrated over half a century ago)

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like a fat kid on a chocolate cake

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The weirdest was, “so hungry I could eat the crutch from a low flying duck!”.


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yep i know it well, although the word isn’t ‘crutch’.


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I toned it down :wink:

My bro in law is certainly interesting at times…his name is Brett, I guess his parents only had the generic baby names book :laughing:

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oh man

the amount of Johns, James, Matthews, Pauls

pretty sure the generic baby names book you’re referring to is the bible lmao

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:rofl: I don’t recall Jesus hanging out with a Brett though…unless he visited the rubbidy instead of the manger!

I can’t talk, ma’ names [for] Chris[t’s sake].

i can’t say mine is generic either lol

lotsa Chris’ too

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Oh you’ve gotta fess up to yours now!! :rofl:

Oh great, I’m a John down under!

Tyler, proof in profile link to github heh

nobody got bullied for being called Chris at least

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Ah. didn’t see that! Tyler’s an alright name.

yeah they don’t…mainly because the Chris Clan rises and defends :rofl:

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i like it now tbh. hated it as a kid

though to be fair i hated most things as a kid lol

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At least its spelled correctly. Ive seen multiple seafarer with names deliberately misspelled as Jhon.

Haha, same here, kids will be kids!

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did you sort out your macro thingy?