How to Open Multiple Folders at Once in Windows 10

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How to Open a Folder in Windows 10

By default, a folder opens in the same window. Here’s how you can open a folder: Double-click on the folder.

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

Note: If you want to open a folder in a single click, check out this guide.


How to Open a Folder in a New Window

By default, when you open a folder in Windows 10, it will get open in the same window. If that is not what you prefer, you can use the alternate option of Windows 10.

Here is that: You can open a folder in a new window instead of the same window. Sound good? Let us see how. Press the “Ctrl” key while opening a folder, and that is it.

Here’s an alternate way: Right-click on the folder you want to open. In the context menu, hit “Open in new window option,” which you can find between “Open” and “Pin to Quick access.”

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


How to Open Each Folder in a New or Same Window

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

Launch File Explorer Options.

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

Note: If you prefer the same window (which is the default), then follow these steps: Select “Open each folder in the same window” option in the “Browse folders” section at the top. And click on the “Ok” button at the bottom.


How to Open in New Window in Context Menu

By default, when you right-click on a folder in Windows 10, you can see a context menu. In it, you can see the “Open in new window” option.

If you don’t want the option, then you can disable or remove it.

Disable

Remember that disabling doesn’t remove the option from the context menu. And when you click on the option after disabling it, the folder will open in the same window.

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

  • Ctrl + double-click – do nothing.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys – works.

With that said, here are the steps:

Launch Registry Editor. Take a backup of the Registry before proceeding. Expand Hkey_Classes_Root > Folder > shell. Hit “opennewwindow.”

In the right pane, you can see LaunchExplorerFlags Dword. Double-click on it, and in the pop-up, provide 0 in the “Value data” field. Hit the “Ok” button.

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

Remove

Hit “opennewwindow” (steps are in the above section). In the right pane blank area, right-click and in the context menu, choose New > String Value.

Provide ProgrammaticAccessOnly as name and then hit the “Enter” key.

Notes:

  • If you want to revert, remove the one you’ve created above.
  • The alternate ways to open a folder in a new window work in the same way as stated in the above section.

How to Open Multiple Folders at Once in Windows 10

Method #1

Select the folders you want to open and then press Ctrl, Shift and Enter keys at the same time. Now, you can see all the selected folders opened at once in separate windows.

Here’s an alternate way to open many folders at once:

Select the folders you want to open. Right-click on it. In the context menu, hit “Open in new window.”

Method #2

Select the folders you want to open and then hit the “Enter” key. Here’s the difference between the above method and this one:

The above method opens all the selected folders at once in the separate windows. And the window in which you perform this task remains intact.

This one opens one selected folder in the window in which you perform this task. And opens the remaining ones in separate windows.

Here’s an alternate way: Select the folders you want to open. Right-click on it. In the context menu, hit “Open.”


How to Open Multiple Folders in Different Locations at Once

The above methods are for the folders in the same location.

If you want to open multiple folders at once which are at various places, then follow the below steps:

Open Notepad. Type start and then enter the path of the folder you want to open. Make sure that the path does not have quotes on both sides.

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

Start C:\Users\traj5\Downloads

Start C:\Users\traj5\Pictures

Save the file in the name you want. But make sure the file extension is bat. In our instance, the file name is openmfolder.bat.

That is it. From now on, double click the file (in our case, openmfolder.bat) and you can see the folders opened.


I hope that this guide helps you open a folder (same or new window), open multiple folders (same or distinct locations), or disable or remove the “Open in new window” option.

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