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How to set default action for AutoPlay

How many times you have selected "Open folder to view files" when connecting a USB stick to your computer (Windows XP in particular). This autoplay prompt is just annoying. Would it be nice if you don't have to select anything and the USB drive is automatically opened for file viewing?

It's very simple to accomplish that by configuring AutoPlay settings. The following steps also apply to CD/DVD drive, digital camera, etc.

Step #1: Open Windows Explorer and locate the USB drive letter.

Step #2: Right click the USB drive letter and select Properties in the pop-up context menu.

Step #3: Choose the AutoPlay tab

Step #4: Configure the AutoPlay settings

  • Choose Mixed content as content type.
  • Choose the desired action as "Open folder to view files" from within the listed actions (e.g. Add Files, Copy Disc, Download Images, Take no action)
  • Then click OK.

Next time, when you insert the USB stick, it will be automatically opened in Windows Explorer.

For Windows Vista users, this can be done inside Control Panel. Click Start -> Control Panel -> Default Programs -> Change Autoplay settings.


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