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Windows 7: How to open two instances of Windows Explorer ?


24 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
How to open two instances of Windows Explorer ?

From time to time I want to open two instances of Windows Explorer at the same time so that I can then have them run side-by-side in order to , say, copy a file from one to the other by dragging and dropping. I have the Windows Explorer icon locked to the Taskbar which enables me to quickly launch one app of W.E. but if I now click this icon a second time W.E. closes. In order to open a second W.E. and have it run simultaneously with the first one I have to go to Start>Accessories and there click the W.E icon.
Is there a more efficient way to have both apps of W.E launched so that they run simultaneously?


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24 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Press ALT then go to File and New Window.

you can also make a new tab in the browser and just drag that tab out and it makes a new window.
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24 Oct 2011   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thenoo View Post
From time to time I want to open two instances of Windows Explorer at the same time so that I can then have them run side-by-side in order to , say, copy a file from one to the other by dragging and dropping. I have the Windows Explorer icon locked to the Taskbar which enables me to quickly launch one app of W.E. but if I now click this icon a second time W.E. closes. In order to open a second W.E. and have it run simultaneously with the first one I have to go to Start>Accessories and there click the W.E icon.
Is there a more efficient way to have both apps of W.E launched so that they run simultaneously?
I usually just right click the taskbar icon and click on the explorer icon to open a second instance of explorer.
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24 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7
 
 

If your mouse has a middle button, clicking the pinned explorer icon on the taskbar with the middle button also opens another instance of it.
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24 Oct 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Thenoo,

In addition, you could use the "Computer" shortcut in the tutorial below to pin it to the right of your current Windows Explorer icon on the taskbar. A new Windows Explorer window will open for each time you click on the "Computer" icon.

Computer - Pin to Taskbar

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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24 Oct 2011   #6
TJG

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bits
 
 

Thanks to everyone, I just learned that the wheel on my mouse is also a middle button. I can open win exployer from task bar as many windows as I need. This was a good question.

TJG
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24 Oct 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks to all who replied. My question has now definitely been answered ! Much appreciated
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24 Oct 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Thenoo. I'm glad that we could help.
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24 Oct 2011   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Don't forget the tried and true method that's been around since XP... the WindowsKey-E key combo.

Check all these and more at Keyboard shortcuts
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