How to Open Second or Multiple File Explorer Windows in Windows 10

In Windows, should you ever tried to open multiple file explorer windows, you will quickly realize that there isn’t any visible option or way to do it. For example, should you click the file explorer icon in the taskbar twice, it’ll just open the file explorer and minimizes it. Fortunately, there are a number of methods to open multiple instances of the file explorer in Windows 10. Just follow any of the below techniques to open a second file explorer window.

1. Use Keyboard Shortcut to spread out another File Explorer Window

The easiest way to spread out second, third or any number of file explorer windows is to use the great old keyboard shortcut.

When you want to spread out multiple file explorer Windows, just press the shortcut Win + E. As soon as you press the keyboard shortcut, Windows will open a brand new demonstration 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 brand 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’re a heavy mouse user or don’t like the awkward file explorer shortcut position on the keyboard.

To open multiple file explorer windows while using mouse, simply hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and then click the File Explorer icon appearing on the taskbar. This action will open a brand new file explorer window with its default page. i.e, Quick Access or This PC.

3. Make use of the Right-click Option to Open a Folder in New Window

Now, sometimes you need to open a particular folder inside a new window as opposed to a fresh file explorer window using its default page. This process 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 around the target folder and select the “Open inside a new window” option. As soon as you choose the option, the folder is going to be opened within the new window.

(Optional) Change File Explorer Default Page from Quick Access for this PC

In Windows 10, automatically, the file explorer opens towards the Quick Access page. In general, the fast access screen provides you with easy access for your recent folders and files. If you wish to, you can alter the default page from Quick Access to This PC. If you’re wondering, This PC page lists all your drives and partitions front and center. Meaning all of your drives and partitions a single-click away.

To alter file explorer from Quick Access for this PC, we will make use of the folder options tool. So, open the file explorer, click the “View” tab after which click 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 then click the “Ok” button in order to save changes.

That’s it. From now on, whenever you open the file explorer, it’ll open to This PC.