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Windows 7: Explorer opens a new window every time I open a folder


01 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Explorer opens a new window every time I open a folder

Hi there,
I've been searching a lot, trying to find a solution to this problem, but no solution.
The problem is that, when I open a folder, explorer will allways open a new window, and I end up with lots of windows, which becomes really annoying.
Also, nothing happens when I change folders options to "open each folder in the same window". I checked it, unckecked it, checked it, restarted the computer, stopped the explorer process at the task manager, nothing worked.

This is really annoying. Please help.

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01 Oct 2010   #2

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

With Win exploer open and from the menu bar:
Tools | Folder Options | General tab | Browse folders section|
choose Open each folder in the same window
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01 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Thank you karlsnooks, but in my message I said that that didn't work.
That would be a too obvious problem to post here.
I want to know if I have to delete a registry or change something, APART from the folder options.
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01 Oct 2010   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

You should have to do nothing.

Only a system that has been altered could show such a problem.

First, try running the system file checker.
System File Checker - SFC /SCANNOW Command


Oh yes, if you have one of those Win Explorer substitutes loaded, then get rid of it. They are nothing but trouble.
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01 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

It worked! Thank you very much karlsnooks.
Ah...Much better opening a single window
And I also had another problem that was also fixed. Thank you very much.
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01 Oct 2010   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for getting back with the results and glad to hear that all is well.
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29 Nov 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium N 32bit
 
 

I have the exact same problem and like dfps14, I made sure that the folder option setting was set to "Open each folder in the same window". Then I also ran the System File Checker - SFC /SCANNOW Command like karlsnooks had suggested. The results came back:

Verification 100% complete.
Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.

My windows explorer still opens every folder in a new window... Any other recommendations? Thanks in advance.
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29 Nov 2010   #8

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Nothing to suggest mtoda - Win 7 shouldnt work like that

Too bad you guys were having problems with the OS - but some people (like myself) actually would rather have each new folder open into it's own window. Thats so I can look at the contents of both a parent and child folder and then easily drag stuff from one folder to another or in some cases check for duplicates in both folders - but my preference would less than desirable without a utility like "WindowManager" - which remembers both the Size and the Position of each folder window thats opened (like XP used to).

So what a great thing that Microsoft has so many user settable options so that we can each set up our environments the way we want !!!!!!!
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30 Nov 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium N 32bit
 
 

Hey Happyman,

It's great to have the pop up windows when you're moving files, but when I'm just browsing for stuff (especially when I have many levels of folders) it gets really annoying to have to close so many windows just to get to one file.

Win 7 is a much better OS than XP, but there are many features I miss such as "auto align" function on desktop. Also, I find that my desktop items gets "rearranged" every now and then.

As for the issue I had, I found another solution here:

Solution: Explorer open each folder in same window error and SQL Management Studio, IE and Team Explorer errors | David's Blog

And that worked for me.
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30 Apr 2014   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Fix

Under "Organize" in your windows explorer, click on "Folder and Search Options". Then change the radio button at the top to open folders in the same window.
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