Fix a Problem Where Folders Open in New Window Every time

When you open Windows Explorer and double-click a folder, it may open a new explorer window rather than showing the folder contents in the existing window. This may happen although "Open each folder in the same window" setting is selected in Control Panel – Folder Options. Use these steps to fix the problem.

Fix #1: Resetting the NavPane registry settings

Close all folder windows. Start Regedit.exe and navigate to the following branch:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Modules\NavPane

Right-click NavPane and choose Delete

Exit the Registry Editor.

Fix #2: Resetting the Default Double-click Action

Open an Admin Command Prompt window.

Type the following and press {ENTER}

reg delete HKCR\Folder\shell /ve /f

and

reg add HKCR\Directory\shell /ve /d none /f

That resets the default double-click action to “open”, and thereby fixes the problem.

Fix #3: Registering IEProxy.Dll

This issue could also happen after installing certain versions of VaultClient software, and can be resolved by registering a DLL file. Use these steps, for Windows 7 and higher:

Windows 32-bit

regsvr32.exe "%Programfiles%\Internet Explorer\ieproxy.dll"

Windows 64-bit

regsvr32.exe "%Programfiles%\Internet Explorer\ieproxy.dll"
%systemroot%\SysWoW64\regsvr32.exe "%Programfiles(x86)%\Internet Explorer\ieproxy.dll"

You should see a similar message as below, in the output window:

DllRegisterServer in ieproxy.dll succeeded.

If that doesn’t help, download and run the folder and directory association fixes from the following links. Choose the one for the version of Windows you’re using:

File Association Fixes

Windows 7 | Windows 8 | Windows 10

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20 thoughts on “Fix a Problem Where Folders Open in New Window Every time

  1. its give me error “make sure the binary is stored at the specified path or debug it to check for problems with the binary or dependent .DLL files.
    the specified module could not be found

  2. its give me error “make sure the binary is stored at the specified path or debug it to check for problems with the binary or dependent .DLL files.
    the specified module could not be found”

  3. hey”, glad to say.. that it works for me.. i’d try to do it again.. BOOMMMMMMM.. WORKS LIKE CHARMS.. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE INFORMATION.. GOD BLESS.

  4. Hi !! ” @ RedAndBlueSpidey ‘in win 7 Open “my Computer” then “Organize” at top left corner “Folder and search options” and then in the” GENERAL TAB ” select “”Open each folder in same window “”

  5. thanks man its works..i had finished 3 hours to find how to fix this problem and i found its solution here..great job! Bravo!

  6. This did not help, nor the NONE value thing, nor deleting the open/explore or opennewwindow/opennewprocess. Nothing is working. Do I have to restart the machine? I’m frustrated.

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