In Windows, if you ever tried to open multiple file explorer windows, you will quickly know that there is no visible option or way to do it. For instance, if you click on the file explorer icon in the taskbar twice, it will just open the file explorer and minimizes it. The good thing is, there are quite a few ways to open multiple instances of the file explorer in Windows 10. Just follow any one of the below methods to open a second file explorer window.
1. Use Keyboard Shortcut to Open a Second File Explorer Window
The easiest way to open second, third or any number of file explorer windows is to use the good old keyboard shortcut.
When you want to open multiple file explorer Windows, just press the shortcut Win + E. As soon as you press the keyboard shortcut, Windows will open a new instance of the file explorer. So, if you want three file explorer window, press the keyboard shortcut three times.
Do keep in mind that when you press the keyboard shortcut, a new file explorer window will open to the default page. i.e, Quick Access or This PC.
2. Shift + Left Click Method to Open Multiple File Explorer Windows
An alternative method is to use the shift-click method. This method is particularly useful if you are a heavy mouse user or don’t like the awkward file explorer shortcut position on the keyboard.
To open multiple file explorer windows using the mouse, simply hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and click on the File Explorer icon appearing on the taskbar. This action will open a new file explorer window with its default page. i.e, Quick Access or This PC.
3. Use the Right-click Option to Open a Folder in New Window
Now, sometimes you need to open a specific folder in a new window rather than a fresh file explorer window with its default page. This method is particularly useful when don’t want to manually navigate to the target folder. Thankfully, it is quite easy to open a folder in a new window.
To open a folder in a new window, right-click on the target folder and select the “Open in a new window” option. As soon as you select the option, the folder will be opened in the new window.
(Optional) Change File Explorer Default Page from Quick Access to This PC
In Windows 10, by default, the file explorer opens to the Quick Access page. In general, the quick access screen gives you easy access to your recent folders and files. If you want to, you can change the default page from Quick Access to This PC. In case you are wondering, This PC page lists all your drives and partitions front and center. Which means that all your drives and partitions a single-click away.
To change file explorer from Quick Access to This PC, we are going to use the folder options tool. So, open the file explorer, click on the “View” tab and then click on the “Options” button. This action will open the Folder Options window.
In the folder options window, select “This PC” from the dropdown menu next to “Open file explorer to” and click on the “Ok” button to save changes.
That is it. From now on, whenever you open the file explorer, it will open to This PC.