How to Open Folder in its Own Window in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to open a folder in its own window in Windows 11. By default, when you open a folder in File Explorer, the folder will open in the same File Explorer window currently open.

If you keep traversing File Explorer folders, you will continue to move to the next folder within the same window. If you need to access content in the previous folder, you’ll need to traverse back to it.

If you need multiple folders open at the same time, you’ll need to right-click on the folder and select Open in new window from the context menu.

However, Windows has a feature where you can configure File Explorer to open any new folder within its own window. You’ll always have a separate window for folders you open.

This can come in handy especially if you need to work with content in multiple windows.

Below is how to enable it in Windows 11

How to open folder in new or same window in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows has a feature where you can configure File Explorer to open any new folder within its own window. You’ll always have a separate window for folders you open.

One can always open new folder in a new windows manually simply by right-clicking on it and selecting Open in new window on the context menu as highlighted below.

If you want this to happen automatically, then use the steps below to configure File Explorer to open all new folders in new window.

First open File Explorer and go to the three dots (ellipses) and select Options.

On the File Explorer Open window, under General tab, choose the option to Open each folder in its own window.

Click OK to apply your changes and you’re done.

The next time you open a new folder in File Explorer, it will open in its own window as described above.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable each folder in its own window in File Explorer with Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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