Double clicking a folder in Windows Explorer opens up a new window.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Magnus Flysjö, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. I got this problem after I installed Vista SP1.
    Inside Windows Explorer, when I double click a folder in the right pane,
    that folder is opened up as a new second window. No matter what I change in
    the settings window I cant get rid of this.
    If I instead right-click the folder and select "Browse", the folder contents
    is shown in the same window, but (as I said) double click the folder icon, a
    new window opens up.

    Seems to me that "double-clicking" a folder in the right pane triggers the
    "Open" action instead of "Browse" action.
    Anyone knows how to fix this? I want to browse my files in ONE window only.

    Magnus Flysjö, Apr 26, 2008
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  2. Magnus Flysjö

    Rick Rogers Guest


    Open Folder Options from the tools and check that the option to open each
    folder in its own window is not checked on the general tab. If it isn't, try
    checking it, click apply/ok then reboot and uncheck it.
    Rick Rogers, Apr 27, 2008
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  3. Doesnt help..
    This behaviour started when I installed Vista SP1, no matter what I
    change/check in the folder settings this prevails.
    I have the following shell plugins installed:

    WinZip (context menu popup)
    UltraEdit (context menu popup)
    Tortoise Subversion (context menu popup and some other stuff I guess)

    I dont know if any of these "plugins" intercept the standard shell
    behaviour, but everything was normal before SP1 installation. Can someone
    tell me which registry values that might affect this double-click action?

    Magnus Flysjö, Apr 27, 2008
  4. Magnus Flysjö

    Rick Rogers Guest

    Uninstall them, one at a time until you resolve the issue.
    Rick Rogers, Apr 27, 2008
  5. Magnus Flysjö

    Malke Guest

    I'm missing the first part of this thread, so I apologize ahead of time if
    you've already done what I'm going to suggest. Use ShellExView and disable
    those three context menu connections and see if that helps. SP1 may
    interact unpleasantly with any of them and my experience with third-party
    context menu extensions in both XP and Vista is that they are often the
    cause of bad behavior. I can tell you that Tortoise Subversion causes
    issues on my son's XP Pro SP2 install. I don't mind that he runs the
    program (it's my computer after all so I get to say!), but I disable the
    context menu entries. That makes a big difference in how well the overall
    OS runs.

    Malke, Apr 27, 2008
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