I sometimes like to make shortcuts to various folders on my Windows machine. I am annoyed, though, that when executed, this shortcut brings up an explorer window without the folder tree on the left. I found the solution to this here:

shortcut with folder tree

In short, the command line in your shortcut should read

%SystemRoot%\EXPLORER.EXE /n,/e,d:\

where “d:\” should be replaced by the path to the file.