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Windows 8.1: default Windows Explorer to open “This PC” instead of “Libraries” without duplicating the taskbar icon

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/05/20

Every now and then you revisit old Windows versions. It seems a fact of life.

If course those lack more recent features, one of which is the default View with which Windows Explorer starts.

In Windows 10 you can switch it between “This PC” and “Quick Access”. Not so with Windows 8.1.

In Windows 8.1, when you have “Show Libraries” enabled, it will default to that. So the trick is to disable “Show Libraries” and refrain from using them. I never used them, so that is OK for my situation.

Based on:

Screenshot:

Windows 8.1 - default to This PC by disabling Show Libraries

Windows 8.1 – default to This PC by disabling Show Libraries

–jeroen

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