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How to Overcome Unopened Folder in Windows 10

One of the most common problems with the file explorer in Windows 10 is that the folder won't open. The most common cause could be due to an error

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One of the most common problems with the file explorer in Windows 10 is that the folder won't open. The most common cause could be due to an error file explorer or the folder you want to open is not actually the original folder, but a replica of a virus that resembles a folder.

This problem seems trivial, but it will be very annoying, especially if the folder contains important files. Our work can also be hampered because the folder can't be clicked or opened.

If it turns out that what you clicked on was a replica of the virus, it could cause the problem to get worse, because when we clicked on the fake folder, we executed the virus and made it run on the system. Worse yet, other files can be infected and damaged. 

But you don't need to worry, on this occasion bingGo will provide several solutions that you can try.

How to Fix a Folder Not Opening in Windows 10

1. Open the Task Manager

The first step is to open the Task Manager application on your computer by right-clicking on the Taskbar then selecting Task Manager.

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2. Right click on Windows Explorer

Once the Task Manager application opens, click on the Processes tab. There you will see all the programs currently running on your computer. Find a program called Windows Explorer. Then right click on the program.

3. Select Restart

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Click Restart to restart the Windows Explorer application. You will see a blank computer screen for a moment, this is because the explorer process has stopped. Wait for the screen to return to normal as before.

4. Check whether the folder can be opened

After restarting Windows Explorer with the steps above, try to check again, whether the folder that was problematic can be opened. By restarting explorer the problem can usually be resolved, but if you still can't try to continue to the next step.

5. Click the File menu in Windows Explorer

Open Windows Explorer, then look at the top right corner of the window. There is a File menu, click the menu.

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6. Select Change Folder and Search Options

After that select the option Change folder and search options. From here we will reset Windows Explorer settings.

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7. Restore the default Windows Explorer settings

After entering the settings window, select the General tab. After that, click the Restore Default button at the bottom. Click OK.

After re-setting Windows Explorer, try to check again, whether the folder can be opened. If you still haven't done the next step.

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8. Run the System File Checker

In Windows there is a feature that we can use to check and repair corrupt or damaged system files. We can use it to solve the problem of folders that cannot be opened.

First open a Command Prompt with administrator access. The trick is to click on the Windows key => type cmd => select Run as administrator.

A Command Prompt program will open with administrator access. Then type the following command:

sfc / scannow.

Then press enter.

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Wait until the scan is complete.

If the problem with the folder not been opened or double-clicking is due to a corrupt system file in Windows then this step should fix it.

9. Scan the computer with an antivirus

As I mentioned earlier, viruses can also cause damage to files and folders on the computer.

You should suspect that a virus is the cause if this problem occurs accompanied by a computer getting heavier, appearing files with strange names, and many other programs with errors.

Especially if your computer uses an outdated antivirus because it has never been updated.

Try scanning your computer using one of these best antivirus.

You can also try to remove viruses with CMD, this trick is powerful enough to detect and delete virus replica files that resemble files on our computers, especially those from shortcut viruses.

After that, update your Windows 10 to get the latest Windows Security patch.

To prevent in the future your computer is no longer exposed to viruses, then try the following tips: How to prevent viruses from the Flashdisk from entering the computer.

10. Create a new Explorer shortcut

The reason the folder cannot be opened could also be due to a broken shortcut. If you access Windows Explorer via a shortcut on the desktop or taskbar, try deleting the shortcut and replacing it with a new one.

To create a shortcut on the desktop, right click on an empty area on the desktop => select New => select Shortcut.

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Fill in the fields with the following directories.

C: \ Windows \ explorer.exe

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Click Next => name the shortcut => click the Finish button.

A new Windows Explorer shortcut will appear on the desktop. To put it on the Taskbar right click on the shortcut => select Pin to taskbar.

How to Solve the Folder Can't be Opened With a Double Click

A folder that doesn't double-click in Windows 10 could also be the result of having a problem with your mouse and pointer or having incorrect settings. To fix this try doing the steps below.

How to fix the folder cannot be double-clicked:

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Click on the File menu.
  3. Select Change folder and search options.
  4. Click on the General tab.
  5. In the section Click items as follows check the option Double-click to open an item (single-click to select).
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  6. Click Apply.
  7. Click OK.

After doing the steps above, try again to check whether the folder in Windows Explorer can be opened by double-clicking? Good luck. If you still haven't, try to explain in the comments column, bingGo will try to help as much as possible.