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Windows 7: Easily open 2 instances of Windows Explorer


27 Jan 2009   #1

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 
Easily open 2 instances of Windows Explorer

I think I just discovered another shortcut. If I have Win Explorer open and hit Ctrl+N, I get a second instance of Explorer. This has been a PITA for me up until now. Also works for IE and Firefox. Seems if the program with focus uses the Ctrl+N such as Mail it still does what it is supposed to for that program.

Gary


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27 Jan 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Useful, although Winkey+E does the same for Windows Explorer.
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27 Jan 2009   #3

Windows 7 7022 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
Useful, although Winkey+E does the same for Windows Explorer.
Hmmm, winkey+E does not give me second instance of Explorer.
Ctrl+N works great, thanks for the tip garysgold
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27 Jan 2009   #4

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

You welcome lappydog.

I had forgotten about that shortcut until swarfega mentioned it, but it doesn't open the second instance for me either.

Gary
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27 Jan 2009   #5

XP Pro and Windows 7
 
 

Shift click on the Icon of the Software downstairs do the same.
Regards Mikel
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27 Jan 2009   #6

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 

I'm on an XP system right now, Windows+E opens new instances here..
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28 Jan 2009   #7

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MikelMolto View Post
Shift click on the Icon of the Software downstairs do the same.
Regards Mikel
That works for IE and others, but doesn't work for me on Windows Explorer. This would be helpful to open a second instance of a program that already has a Ctrl+N shortcut.

Gary
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28 Jan 2009   #8

Vista Ult 64bit - Windows 7 Ult 7264 64bit
 
 

Ctrl+N has been around for awhile, so I have NEW one that's exclusive to Windows 7 for you.
Counting from the Start Orb, your Superbar icons count as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Hit Win+1 to make a new instance of whatever your first icon is, Win+2 for the second and so on.
They say this is good for only the first 5 icons but mine wrks up to the 6th.
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29 Jan 2009   #9

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
Counting from the Start Orb, your Superbar icons count as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Hit Win+1 to make a new instance of whatever your first icon is, Win+2 for the second and so on.
They say this is good for only the first 5 icons but mine wrks up to the 6th.
Hi Dave,

This worked on the quicklaunch bar in Vista up to 10. It's been made part of the taskbar in 7, but it still won't open a second instance of Windows Explorer. Never knew that Ctrl+N would open a new window in anything. I used it to open a new doc. in various programs.

Gary
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29 Jan 2009   #10

7600 x86
 
 

CTRL-N works on the level of individual programs, it's not a windows shortcut. it opens new windows in file browsers, or new documents in everything from Paint and Notepad to Photoshop and Word. it's just one of those near-universal keyboard shortcuts that most programs have, like F1 for help, CTRL-F for search, CTRL-O for open...

for simple apps like Notepad you can even change these with ResHacker if you want. one of the first thigns i do after a fresh install is to reshack notepad so hitting ESC closes it. very handy!
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