Open Each Folder in Same or New Window in Windows 10

    Open Each Folder in Same or New Window in Windows 10

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

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    While you browse in File Explorer, you can open each drive, folder, and library in the same window or in its own new window.

    This tutorial will show you different ways on how to open each drive, folder, or library 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




    Open Each Folder in Same or New Window in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Open Each Folder 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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    Open Each Folder in Same or New Window in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Open Each Folder 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.






    Open Each Folder in Same or New Window in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Open Each Folder 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.

    Note   Note
    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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    Open Each Folder in Same or New Window in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Open Each Folder 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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    Open Each Folder in Same or New Window in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Open Each Folder 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


  1.    2 Weeks Ago #1
    Join Date : Dec 2017
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    Windows 10 Pro

    I have Windows 10 Pro Version 1703 (OS Build 15063.786), and have setup File Explorer to "open each folder in the same window". It works properly for all cases - except the following:


    While viewing the set of icons on my Desktop - many of which are folders - I can open any folder using File Explorer. BUT when I open a 2nd folder - the 2nd folder always opens in a separate window. Furthermore, if I click on a 3rd Desktop folder icon - File Explorer opens a 3rd separate window. And so forth.


    I followed your procedure(s) to "Open Each Folder in the Same Window in Windows 10" - and it works perfectly in all cases, except when opening folders using the icons on my Desktop.


    I thought that the registry was possibly corrupted - so I reinstalled the Windows 10 Pro from scratch.
    I checked the File Explorer folder browsing options and verified that the option was set to "open each folder in the same window". BUT once again - whenever I use icons on my Desktop to open folders - File Explorer always opens each folder in its "own" separate window.


    I would like to open a series of Desktop folders - and have each sequential folder being opened, to have its contents overwrite the prior folder's contents being displayed in the one single window.


    Do you know how to make "File Explorer" use the same window when opening Desktop folder icons?


    I appreciate any thoughts you can share...
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  2.    2 Weeks Ago #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17074
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    Hello rwgarre, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    "Open each folder in the same window" only applies when you are opening folders in the same File Explorer window.

    When you click on a folder icon on your desktop, that is considered to be different that your other currently opened File Explorer windows, so it will open the folder from your desktop in a new window. This is normal behavior.

    As a workaround, you could turn on "Show all folders" in the navigation pane of File Explorer.

    Turn On or Off Show all folders in Windows 10 Navigation Pane Customization Tutorials

    Afterwards, you should see all the folders (not shortcuts though) on your desktop at the bottom of the tree chart in the navigation pane like below to click on and have them open in that same window.

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  3.    2 Weeks Ago #3
    Join Date : Dec 2017
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Thank you very much for your clear explanation - and your helpful suggestion. Your great knowledge, tutorials, and insights have been invaluable to me and undoubtedly others for many years. I sincerely wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year Shawn...
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  4.    2 Weeks Ago #4
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 26,506
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17074
    Thread Starter

    You're most welcome rwgarre, and Happy New Year.
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