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want default for folder to be open

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by adsmith82, Oct 27, 2007.

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  1. adsmith82

    adsmith82 Thread Starter

    Jul 19, 2006
    When I double click a folder, the default action is search. I want it to be open. In Folder Options > File Types, there are 2 entries that manage folders, "File Folder" and "Folder". It seems that whatever I make default in File Folder actually becomes default, but not so for Folder. The problem is that Open is in Folder, not File Folder.

    Also, if I click Advanced for either one and click New, I can't delete or edit the new entry or any of the entries that were already there for that matter. Now I have some extra ones that I created for testing purposes that I can't delete. I found them in a couple spots in the registry. Is deleting these entries in the registry the only way to remove these? Why can't I just click Remove in the Edit File Type window?

    Thanks for your input.
  2. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
  3. Tufenuf


    Jul 28, 2007
    adsmith82, Here's an easy solution that will correct that problem.

    Go to Start/Run and type in:

    regsvr32 /i shell32

    Click OK

    Note that the spacing is important.

    If the above doesn't correct the problem which it should use this automated edit:

    Search Opens When Double Clicking a Folder or Drive (Line 18 right column)

    Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt.

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