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Windows 7: Folder Shortcut Parameter - Open in a New Window (Two Questions)

19 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Folder Shortcut Parameter - Open in a New Window (Two Questions)

OS: Win7 Ultimate x64 (up-to-date)

Question 1:
I need to create a shortcut to a folder that opens in a new window instead of re-using the current window. And I do not want to change the way all windows work (I know there is a system setting to make all new windows open in a new window; I don't want that =)

I know you can right click on it and select "Open in a new window", but I would rather just double-click.

Question 2: (Hopefully the answer to Question 1 will solve this one too...)
I also need a shortcut to a folder that will open in a new window even if the folder is already open. Sometimes I need to access several folders within a folder simultaneously and it would be convenient to click the same shortcut and know each time it would open a new window to that folder.

I have already searched Google and these forums for shortcut parameters, target command line arguments, switches, flags, etc. Most results pulled up keyboard shortcuts (Not what I am looking for) or internet browser -new window parameters, or irrelevant topics.

Thank you

My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Answer for both questions

Go to the shortcut properties, and in "Target" insert the following:

[location of your explorer.exe file]\explorer.exe /n,[location of your target folder]

So in my computer, if I wanted to make a shortcut to the desktop that opened in a new window, I would type:

C:\Windows\explorer.exe /n,C:\Users\Admin\Desktop
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18 Aug 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
This procedure caused a Synaptics Touchpad problem

I followed this procedure, the only difference being I cut and pasted C:\Windows\explorer.exe before the shortcut that was in there for the folder I wanted to open in a new window. The original target had the path to the folder in " marks. I left it in " marks and pasted C:\Windows\explorer.exe in there in front of that.

My Synaptics touchpad did NOT like this. The shortcut did open the folder in it's own new window. After that, tapping the pad for a left click stopped working. Now whenever you tap the pad, it just shoots the cursor across the screen to the right edge. My friend, a former programmer and now a networking student, told me that it might have changed something in the registry when I did this.

Does anyone know, would it have made a registry change, or would it have changed something else. If I just restore the Target to it's original format will it solve this problem? Thanks for any help
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24 Jan 2016   #4

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)
better (very) late than never !

Ctrl+DoubleClick the target folder will open the target folder in a new instance of WinExp


Create a shortcut-to-a-folder inside a folder in WinExp
- modify the target string to ...
C:\Windows\explorer.exe -nomerge, "F:\<path>\myFolder"
explorer.exe -nomerge, "F:\<path>\myFolder"
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