How to Open Multiple Folders at Once in Windows 10

In this post, you will see:

  • How to open a folder in Windows 10
  • How to open a folder in a new window
  • How to open each folder in a new or same window
  • How to open multiple folders at once in Windows 10
  • How to open multiple folders in different places at the same time
  • How to disable or remove Open in New Window

Let’s start.

How to open a folder in Windows 10

By default, a folder opens in the same window.

To open a folder: Double-click on the folder.

Or you can do the same by right-clicking on the folder and then clicking on the “Open” option in the context menu.

Note: If you want to open a folder with a single click, please read this guide.

How to open a folder in a new window

When you open a folder in Windows 10, it opens in the same window by default. If this is not what you prefer, you can use the alternative choice of Windows 10.

Here’s the thing: You can open a folder in a new window instead of in the same window. Sounds good? Let’s find how.

When opening a folder, press the “Ctrl” key, and you’re done.

Alternatively, right-click on the folder you want to open. In the context menu, click on the “Open in new window” option located between “Open” and “Pin to Quick access.”

The above are suitable if you want to rarely open a folder in a new window.

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How to open each folder in a new or same window

If you want each folder to always open in a new window, follow the steps following:

Start File Explorer Options.

In the “Browse folders” section at the top, look for the option “Open each folder in its own window.” Select it.

Click on the “OK” button at the bottom.

Note: If you prefer the same window that is the default, proceed as follows:

Select the “Open each folder in the same window” option in the “Browse folders” section at the top. Then click on the “Ok” button at the bottom.

How to open multiple folders at once in Windows 10

Method #1

Select the folders you want to open, and then simultaneously press Ctrl, Shift and Enter. You can now see all selected folders opened at once in separate windows.

Here is an alternative way to open multiple folders at the same time:

Select the folders you want to open.

Right-click on it.

Click “Open in new window” in the context menu.

Method #2

Select the folders you want to open and then press the “Enter” key. Here is the comparison between the above method and this one:

The above method opens all selected folders simultaneously in separate windows. The window in which you perform this task remains intact.

This one opens a selected folder in the window in which you perform this task and opens the remaining selected folders in separate windows.

Here is an alternative way: Select the folders you want to open, right-click on them and click “Open” in the context menu.

How to open multiple folders in different places at the same time

The above methods apply to folders in the same place.

If you want to open multiple folders in different places at the same time, follow the steps following:

Open Notepad. Enter start and then enter the path of the folder you want to open. Be sure that the path has no quotes on either side.

Now do the same for all the folders you want to open. Your Notepad will look like this:

Start C:\Users\traj5\Downloads

Start C:\Users\traj5\Pictures

Save the file in the desired name. But make sure that the file extension is the bat. In our case, the file name is openmfolder.bat.

That’s it. From now on, double-click on the file (in our case, openmfolder.bat) and you’ll see the folders open.

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How to disable or remove Open in New Window

By default, when you right-click a folder in Windows 10, you will find the context menu.

You will see the option “Open in new window” which opens the folder in a new window.

If you do not want the option, you can deactivate or remove it. Let’s look at the steps that lead to this.

To Disable

Note that disabling the option will not remove it from the context menu. If you click on the option after disabling it, the folder will open in the same window.

Let’s see what other ways opening the folder in a new window will do after disabling it:

  • CTRL + Double click – do nothing.
  • CTRL + Shift + Enter – works.

Here are the steps:

Start the Registry Editor. Make a backup of the Registry before proceeding.

Extend Hkey_Classes_Root > Folder > shell.

Click on “opennewwindow.”

In the right pane, you will find LaunchExplorerFlags Dword.

Double-click on it and in the pop-up, provide 0 in the “Value data” field.

Press the “OK” button.

Note: To enable it, you need to change 0 to 1.

To Remove

Click on “opennewwindow” (steps located in the above section).

In the right pane blank space, right-click, and in the context menu, select New > String Value.

Enter ProgrammaticAccessOnly as its name and then press the “Enter” key.

Notes:

  • If you want to reverse, remove the one created above.
  • Alternative ways to open a folder in a new window work as described above.

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