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How to Open Each Folder in the Same or New Window in Windows 10

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When you browse folders in File Explorer, you can open each folder in the same window or in its own new window.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to open each folder and drive in the same or new window for your account in Windows 10.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: Open Folder or Drive in New Window using Context Menu
  • Option Two: Open Folder or Drive in New Window using Keyboard Shortcut
  • Option Three: Open Folder or Drive in Same or New Windows from File Explorer Ribbon
  • Option Four: Set to Open Folders and Drives in Same or New Window by Default in Folder Options
  • Option Five: Set to Open Folders and Drives in Same or New Window by Default in Registry Editor




Folders - Open in Same or New Window in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Folders - Open in Same or New Window in Windows 10
Open Folder or Drive in New Window using Context Menu

1. Right click or press and hold on one or more selected folders or drives in File Explorer, and click/tap on Open in new window. (see screenshot below)

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Folders - Open in Same or New Window in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Folders - Open in Same or New Window in Windows 10
Open Folder or Drive in New Window using Context Menu

1. While in File Explorer, press the Ctrl+N keys to open the currently opened folder or drive in a new window.






Folders - Open in Same or New Window in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Folders - Open in Same or New Window in Windows 10
Open Folder or Drive in Same or New Windows from File Explorer Ribbon

1. While in File Explorer, select one or more files and/or drives.

2. Click/tap on the Home tab, and do one of the following actions:
  • Press and hold the Shift key, click/tap on Open in the ribbon, and release the Shift key.
  • Press and hold the Ctrl key, click/tap on Open in the ribbon, and release the Ctrl key.
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If you select more than one folder and/or drive, then this will always open each item in its own new window.

If you select only one folder or drive, then:

Shift will open the item how you have it set to do so in Option Four or Option Five below.

Ctrl will open the item the opposite of how you have it set to do so in Option Four or Option Five below.


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Folders - Open in Same or New Window in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Folders - Open in Same or New Window in Windows 10
Set to Open Folders and Drives in Same or New Window by Default in Folder Options

1. Open Folder Options (aka: File Explorer Options).

2. In the General tab, select (dot) Open each folder in the same window (default) or Open each folder in its own folder for what you want under Browse folders, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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Folders - Open in Same or New Window in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Folders - Open in Same or New Window in Windows 10
Set to Open Folders and Drives in Same or New Window by Default in Registry Editor

1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type regedit, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

2. Navigate to the registry key location below in Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CabinetState

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3. In the right pane of the CabinetState key, double click/tap on the Settings binary value to modify it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (same) or step 6 (new) below for what you want.


 5. To Open Each Folder and Drive in the Same Window

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) In the 5th column of line 0000, change 2A to 0A, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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 6. To Open Each Folder and Drive in its Own New Window

A) In the 5th column of line 0000, change 0A to 2A, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. You can now close Registry Editor if you like.


That's it,
Shawn