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Windows 7: Multiple instances of Explorer -- how?

13 Feb 2012   #1

Win7 Starter
Multiple instances of Explorer -- how?

Hi All,

Did a search here but can't find anything related to this. I have Windows Explorer pinned to the taskbar.

How can I launch multiple instances so that I can drag files from one drive to another?

If I click on it in the taskbar, it just shows or hides the current view, but I need a second copy running.


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13 Feb 2012   #2

Win7 Starter

OK, just figured it out. I right click and there is a menu item for "Windows Explorer" which launches another copy.

I knew it had to be simple. :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Feb 2012   #3

XP / Win7 x64 Pro

You can also middle click to open a new instance of the item.
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13 Feb 2012   #4

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
Yet Another

In an existing window right click a file or folder and select open in a new window. You also can set folder options to open a selected folder in a new window.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Feb 2012   #5

XP, Win7 Pro, Ubuntu LL

You can also hit the "shift" + click combo on the icon in question. It will open another instance of Explorer , Browser, whatever ....
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Feb 2012   #6

Win7 Starter

Thanks guys, I am old, I forget stuff so I will go for the right-click and select Explorer.exe :)
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