General Open Folder in New or Same window in Windows 11


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While you browse in File Explorer, you can open each folder in the same window or in its own window

This tutorial will show you how to open a folder, drive, or library in the same window or in its own new window for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Open Folder in New window using Keyboard Shortcut
  • Option Two: Open Folder in New window or Same window using Keyboard Shortcut
  • Option Three: Open Folder in New window using Context Menu
  • Option Four: Open Folder in New window using Middle Click
  • Option Five: Always Open Each Folder in New window or Same window by Default using Folder Options
  • Option Six: Always Open Each Folder in New window or Same window by Default using Registry Editor




Option One

Open Folder in New Window using Keyboard Shortcut


1 Press the Ctrl + N keys to open the currently opened folder, drive, or library in a new window.




Option Two

Open Folder in New window or Same window using Keyboard Shortcut


This option will perform the opposite default action you set in Option Four or Option Five.


1 Select the folder background, folder(s), drive(s), and/or library you want to open in the same window or new window.

2 Press the Ctrl + Enter keys.




Option Three

Open Folder in New window using Context Menu


1 Select the folder(s), drive(s), and/or library you want to open in a new window.

2 Perform one of the following actions: (see screenshots below)
  • Right click on the selected items, and click/tap on Open in new window.
  • Press and hold the Shift key, right click on the selected items, release the Shift key, and click/tap on Open in new window.
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Option Four

Open Folder in New window using Middle Click


This option is only available starting with Windows 11 build 25145.


1 Middle click on a folder in the body of File Explorer.




Option Five

Always Open Each Folder in New window or Same window by Default using Folder Options


1 Open Folder 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 the top Browse folders section. (see screenshot below)

3 Click/tap on OK.

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Option Six

Always Open Each Folder in New window or Same window by Default using Registry Editor


1 Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe).

2 Navigate to the registry key location below in the left pane 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 window) or step 6 (new window) below for what you want.

5 Open Each Folder in the Same window by Default

This is the default setting.


A) In the 5th column of the top 00000000 row, change 2A to 0A, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)​

You would do this by clicking to the left of 2A to place the cursor there, press the Delete key, then type 0A.


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6 Open Each Folder in New window by Default

A) In the 5th column of the top 00000000 row, change 0A to 2A, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)​

You would do this by clicking to the left of 0A to place the cursor there, press the Delete key, then type 2A.


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7 Close Registry Editor.

8 Either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Ctrl+Click on a folder does not work in Single Click mode. I hope MS address this one like the Ctrl+Backspace (deleting or renaming file and folders).
 

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