How to Disable or Remove Open in New Window from the Context Menu

Windows 11 offers a context menu when you right-click a folder.

You’ll find the “Open in new window” option on that menu. Clicking on it will open the folder in a new window.

To disable or remove the option, follow the steps below.

Disable or Remove Open in New Window from the Context Menu

To disable it, follow these steps:

Remember:

  • Disabling the option won’t remove it from the context menu.
  • The folder will open in the same window if you click on it after disabling it.
  • The other ways to open the folder in a new window will work after disabling it.

Here are the steps:

Open the Registry Editor. I suggest you make a backup of the Registry before continuing.

Extend HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > Folder > shell.

Click on “opennewwindow.” In the right pane, you’ll find LaunchExplorerFlags Dword.

Double-click on it. In the popup, provide 0 in the “Value data” field.

Click the “OK” button.

Note: To enable it, change from 0 to 1.

To remove it, follow these steps:

Click “opennewwindow” (the steps are above to find this one).

Right-click on the blank space in the right pane and select New > String Value.

Enter ProgrammaticAccessOnly as its name and press the “Enter” key.

Notes:

  • If you want to reverse it, remove the one created above.
  • The other ways to open a folder in a new window work as usual.

I hope this guide, “How to Disable or Remove Open in New Window from the Context Menu,” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.