How can I make folders open in the same window in Windows?

lorcan March 13, 2011
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When I open a new folder, it opens a new window even though I have it set to open in same window. I have been through ‘Folder options’ with no joy. Can anyone help please?

  1. FIDELIS
    March 14, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Hello, if you have already tried the normal processes for doing this, go to the link provided and look for entry # 209. On the right hand side click on the underlined "same" word.

    If you are using Internet explorer:
    -- click the save button on the box that pops up
    -- save the file to a place where you can find easily. For example, desktop or my documents.
    -- once saved, double click on the batch file to execute it
    -- you will see a command prompt open and it will ask you if you want to add the file to the registry
    -- click yes and when done do a test to see if it changed your settings.

    If you are using Firefox, a text document will open. Follow the next steps to save the file:
    -- open notepad
    -- copy the contents of the text document
    -- paste the contents onto the open notepad
    -- On Menu, click on the File Tab
    -- Select Save as
    -- on the save as type, make sure to select all files
    -- on the file name box, type a name for the file such as same.window
    -- add the extension .bat to the name of the file. It should look like this same.window.bat
    -- pick a place to save the file
    -- click on save
    -- go to where you saved file and double click to execute batch file
    -- when asked if you want to add to registry select yes
    -- when finished, check your folders.

    If you are using Chrome Browser or Opera follow the same steps as FireFox.

    If this does not work you can try the following method. You have to be very careful because you will be playing with the registry. It is recommended to back up the registry or at least the entry you will be working on.

    -- click start
    -- select run
    -- type regedit
    -- press enter
    -- find and go to following entry:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDirectoryshell

    -- Change the default field to open, by doing the following:
    ** on right hand side box, highlight entry with name Default
    ** right click on highlighted Default entry
    ** select modify
    ** under heading value data
    ** change none to Open
    ** Click Ok

    How to back up registry:

    -- go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDirectoryshell
    -- Highlight the shell heading
    -- right click on shell heading and select export on menu that pops up
    -- type a descriptive file name on file name box
    -- on save as type box, make sure it is set to Registration entry (.reg)
    -- select a place to save
    -- click on save

    ** very important, do the backup before you do any changes to registry. Once backup is done, try the steps I mentioned above.--

    • Lorcan
      March 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      hi thanks for answer but i have not worked on registry before. i'm not a newbie but could you explain it a bit simpler for me please.

      regards
      Lorcan

    • Lorcan
      March 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm

      Hi again. i used the first answer and it worked fine for me. thanks no need for you to reply.

  2. Anonymous
    March 13, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Hi
    From a command-line prompt with admin privileges run these commands:

    regsvr32 "%SystemRoot%System32actxprxy.dll"
    regsvr32 "%ProgramFiles%Internet Explorerieproxy.dll"

    then reboot

    If you are in windows xp, then use this reg key
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/samewindow.htm

    other windows the try this batch file
    http://www.davidmoore.info/2009/08/19/solution-explorer-open-each-folder-in-same-window-error-and-sql-management-studio-ie-and-team-explorer-errors/

    if in windows 7
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/14562-open-each-folder-same-own-separate-new-window.html
    http://maximumpcguides.com/windows-7/set-folders-to-open-in-the-same-window/

    • Lorcan
      March 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks very much. that worked fine. Cheers

      • Tina
        March 15, 2011 at 1:19 am

        Thanks for the update, Lorcan!

    • Siddhesh Dhoble
      July 23, 2011 at 5:29 am

      Thanks a lot buddy!! You saved a hell lot of head-ache for me!! Working absolutely fine!! :-)

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