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How to make Win-E open a default lister instead of Computer


Win + E hotkey

Normally, the Windows + E hotkey will open the Computer folder, rather than your default lister. If Directory Opus is set as the default file manager then the Computer folder will open in Opus.

The Win + E hotkey is defined by Windows itself, whether or not Opus is installed, as meaning "open the Computer folder", and that's just what it does. (You can change what it does, if you wish; see below.)

Shift + Win + E and Win + O hotkeys

Opus creates its own system-wide hotkey which opens your default lister. The hotkey will be either Shift + Win + E or Win + O, depending on your version of Windows and the version of Opus you first installed.

Overriding the Win + E hotkey

Windows 10 users: If you run into problems overriding Win + E, you may wish to try using an alternative hotkey. There isn't an official API for overriding the Win + E combination and Windows may grab it at a very low level before other programs are able to intercept it. We try to make it work, but Microsoft also keep breaking it with changes to Windows.

If you're comfortable with registry editing, you can configure Windows to ignore the Win + E hotkey via the DisabledHotkeys registry setting, which then allows Opus to use it for its own purposes. Remember to reboot after making the registry changes.

To override the Win + E hotkey and make it open your default lister instead of the Computer folder, follow these steps:

  • Select Settings -> Customize Toolbars...

  • Select the Keys tab and click New > System-Wide Hotkey option:

  • Click on the Hotkey field and push Win + E.

    [i]i.e. Hold down the Windows key, then push the E key, then release the Windows key.

    If the keys do not work, or cause the Start Menu or Computer folder to open, make sure the System-wide hotkey checkbox is ticked; you must do that first to be able to use the Windows key here.

    If it still doesn't work, Windows may be intercepting the hotkey at a low-level and preventing Opus from seeing it. Make sure your version of Opus is up to date.

  • Set the Function field to Go NEW (or the command of your choice).


  • Finally, click OK in the Command Editor, and then click OK again back in the Customize window.

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