Windows 10: File explorer problem - searching opens new window

Discus and support File explorer problem - searching opens new window in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Whenever I start to type in the search field, I never get to finish typing because explorer opens a new window right away after the first character.... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by eliptats, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. eliptats Win User

    File explorer problem - searching opens new window


    Whenever I start to type in the search field, I never get to finish typing because explorer opens a new window right away after the first character.

    EDIT: Also, double clicking folders opens a new window as well.

    :)
     
    eliptats, Jan 13, 2016
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  2. File Explorer opens new window for each sub-level folder

    Hi Camelia,

    In File Explorer, folders either open in a new window or in the same window depending on which setting is enabled in Folder Options. To resolve your concern, follow the steps below:

    • Open File Explorer.
    • Click on File, and then Change folder and search options.
    • Under Browse folders, click on Open each folder in the same window.
    • Click Apply to save changes, and then OK.


      File explorer problem - searching opens new window [​IMG]

    Let us how else we can help.
     
    Patricia Yu, Jan 13, 2016
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  3. File Explorer opens new window for each sub-level folder

    When I open File Explorer and click on a folder to access files. Each click opens in a new window. If I have documents 2-5 levels down, each level opens a new File Explorer window. Example: click on folder icon; click on desk top folder (opens new window);
    click on sub folder church (opens new window); click on sub folder art work (opens new window); click on folder bulletins (opens new window); etc. etc etc. How do I make it stop, so that each click opens in the same window?
     
    CameliaEaves, Jan 13, 2016
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  4. KeithM Win User

    File explorer problem - searching opens new window

    What is the bolded option when you right-click?
     
    KeithM, Jan 13, 2016
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  5. KeithM Win User
    KeithM, Jan 13, 2016
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  6. eliptats Win User
    Yes, double-clicking or using the Open option would open a new window. I reset the file type associations, and that seems to have stopped the searching issue. The opening folders in a new window problem seems to happen mostly to folders that are in Quick Access, but not all of them. I don't get it.
     
    eliptats, Jan 13, 2016
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  7. eliptats Win User
    I take it back, the searching problem still exists, but only if I try to search the folder that opened in a new window. *Sad

    A new window is also opened for any folder under 'This PC' > 'Desktop'
    This is odd behavior to me, and didn't start until windows updated last night.
     
    eliptats, Jan 13, 2016
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  8. KeithM Win User

    File explorer problem - searching opens new window

    I forgot to ask the obvious. Have you checked Folder Options to make sure Open each folder in a new window is NOT checked???

    Keith
     
    KeithM, Jan 13, 2016
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  9. eliptats Win User
    Yes, that was the first thing I looked at, and it isn't and never has been checked. Everything else behaves correctly except for folders in Quick access, and any folder under 'This PC' > 'Desktop' on the left sidebar.


    File explorer problem - searching opens new window [​IMG]
     
    eliptats, Jan 14, 2016
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  10. KeithM Win User
    KeithM, Jan 14, 2016
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  11. eliptats Win User
    Thanks Keith, that was the cause of the issue! Wish there was more than just a temp fix though.
     
    eliptats, Jan 14, 2016
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  12. KeithM Win User
    You're welcome. I wish there was more info about what's in that registry key....
     
    KeithM, Apr 4, 2018
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