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Is it possible to open two instances of Win Explorer?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Guest, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. Guest

    Guest Flightless Bird

    Win XP can open multiple instances of Windows Explorer, and this is very
    useful for copying and moving files from one location to another. In Win7,
    when I click on the icon for what I presume is the equivalent of Windows
    Explorer, it does not open another window, but shows me only the first
    instance.

    I want to know how I can most easily get the functionality that I so
    successfully used in Win XP, with respect to copying and moving files
    between locations. I want to open two instances, simultaneously, of
    something that lists files, and arrange their windows side by side, for
    drag&drop or whatever I choose..
     
  2. Conor

    Conor Flightless Bird

    In article <hj28ra$plj$1@speranza.aioe.org>, rsl18@sbcglobal.net says...
    >
    > Win XP can open multiple instances of Windows Explorer, and this is very
    > useful for copying and moving files from one location to another. In Win7,
    > when I click on the icon for what I presume is the equivalent of Windows
    > Explorer, it does not open another window, but shows me only the first
    > instance.
    >


    > I want to know how I can most easily get the functionality that I so
    > successfully used in Win XP, with respect to copying and moving files
    > between locations. I want to open two instances, simultaneously, of
    > something that lists files, and arrange their windows side by side, for
    > drag&drop or whatever I choose..


    Right click on the taskbar icon and select Windows Explorer from the
    jump menu and it'll bring up another. Alternatively, Start, Computer
    will as well.

    Remember that if you click on the top of the window and drag it to one
    side of the screen, it'll resize it to full vertical and 50% horizontal.
    So if you've two windows, dragging one to the left and the other to the
    right of the screen will result in both being open with 50% screen
    estate each.




    --
    Conor

    I'm not prejudiced. I hate everybody equally.
     
  3. Grenou

    Grenou Flightless Bird

    <rsl18@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
    news:hj28ra$plj$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    > Win XP can open multiple instances of Windows Explorer, and this is very
    > useful for copying and moving files from one location to another. In
    > Win7, when I click on the icon for what I presume is the equivalent of
    > Windows Explorer, it does not open another window, but shows me only the
    > first instance.
    >
    > I want to know how I can most easily get the functionality that I so
    > successfully used in Win XP, with respect to copying and moving files
    > between locations. I want to open two instances, simultaneously, of
    > something that lists files, and arrange their windows side by side, for
    > drag&drop or whatever I choose..
    >



    I use this all the time when I am copying files.
    Windows Key+E will open Explorer, as many times as you like.
    Windows Key+left Arrow key, will place the open window on the left, filling
    half the screen.
    windows key+right Arrow key, will place the open window on the right,
    filling half the screen.
    A great way of moving files from one to the other.

    Grenou
     
  4. Rodney Pont

    Rodney Pont Flightless Bird

    On Mon, 18 Jan 2010 18:28:26 -0000, Conor wrote:

    >> I want to know how I can most easily get the functionality that I so
    >> successfully used in Win XP, with respect to copying and moving files
    >> between locations. I want to open two instances, simultaneously, of
    >> something that lists files, and arrange their windows side by side, for
    >> drag&drop or whatever I choose..

    >
    >Right click on the taskbar icon and select Windows Explorer from the
    >jump menu and it'll bring up another. Alternatively, Start, Computer
    >will as well.


    as will the Windows and E key
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    please send any emails to the address below
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  5. Gene E. Bloch

    Gene E. Bloch Flightless Bird

    On 1/18/10, rsl18@sbcglobal.net posted:
    > Win XP can open multiple instances of Windows Explorer, and this is very
    > useful for copying and moving files from one location to another. In Win7,
    > when I click on the icon for what I presume is the equivalent of Windows
    > Explorer, it does not open another window, but shows me only the first
    > instance.


    > I want to know how I can most easily get the functionality that I so
    > successfully used in Win XP, with respect to copying and moving files between
    > locations. I want to open two instances, simultaneously, of something that
    > lists files, and arrange their windows side by side, for drag&drop or
    > whatever I choose..


    In addition to the other posters' suggestions, there is one more mouse
    method: right click a folder in the file (right hand) pane in Windows
    Explorer and select 'Open in new window' from the context menu.

    --
    Gene Bloch 650.366.4267 lettersatblochg.com
     

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