How to Set Windows Explorer To Open The OneDrive Folder When Starting

If you are using the OneDrive desktop application in Windows 7, you may want to set Windows Explorer to open the OneDrive folder when you start it. Doing this is not very intuitive and it takes a few steps you won't figure out on your own. That's why we have created this guide:

IMPORTANT: If you have not installed the OneDrive desktop application read this article: How to Sync Your Files with OneDrive in Windows 7.

How to Set Windows Explorer to Open the OneDrive Folder Directly

First, you'll need to locate the Windows Explorer shortcut on the taskbar and right click on it.

Right click the Windows Explorer section and select Properties.

In the Shortcut tab, you have to insert the OneDrive folder path in the Target box. By default, the OneDrive folder is found inside your user folder, at the following path: "C:\Users\Your User Name\OneDrive" where Your User Name is the name of your user account. In this tutorial, the user account that we used was named Emilian.

TIP: A quick way to find the path to your OneDrive folder is to open another Windows Explorer window and click the OneDrive shortcut. Then, click inside the address bar on the top. Copy the path from the address bar and paste it into the Target textbox when editing the properties of the Windows Explorer shortcut from the taskbar.

When you're done, click OK in the Windows Explorer Properties window.

That's it! The next time you start Windows Explorer, it will open the OneDrive folder.


As you can see from this guide, changing the Windows Explorer target folder is simpler than it looks. Unfortunately this procedure doesn't work in Windows 8.1 and we haven't figured out a way to do the same in that operating system. If you have found an alternative, don't hesitate to share using the comments form below