You can configure File Explorer to open each folder in a new window. This can be done without using third party tools. Today, we will see how you can do it.
In older Windows versions such as Windows 95, Explorer was configured to open each folder in its own window. If you used Windows 95, you might remember this. Starting with Windows 98, and in all subsequent Windows versions, all folders you browse with File Explorer are opened in the same window. It is possible to change this behavior and make File Explorer open each folder in a new window. Let's see how it can be done.
To open each folder in a new window in Windows 10, do the following.
- Open File Explorer.
- In the Ribbon user interface of Explorer, click File -> Change folder and search options.
- In the "File Explorer options" dialog window, tick (enable) the option Open each folder in its own window on the General tab.
This will change the behavior of File Explorer permanently. To restore the default behavior later, enable the option "Open each folder in the same window" on the General tab of the File Explorer options dialog window.
It is worth mentioning that you can open any desired folder in a new window without changing the general options of File Explorer. There are two ways to do it.
First of all, you can use the Ribbon user interface.
- Select the desired folder in the File Explorer file list. You can enable check boxes in File Explorer.
- In the Ribbon, go to the Home tab.
- On the keyboard, press and hold the Ctrl key. Now, click the "Open" command in the "Open" group of the Ribbon. See the following screenshot:The selected folder will be opened in a new window.
Tip: If you selected more than one folder in the file list and click the Open Ribbon command, all of them will be opened in their own window. It is not necessary to hold the Ctrl key in that case.
Also, you can press Ctrl + N to open the current folder in a new window. Alternatively, you can click File - Open new window in the Ribbon user interface.
Finally, you can just use the context menu of the selected folder. There is a special command which will allow you to open the folder in a new window of the File Explorer app. Here is how it looks: