[Solved] Folders Won't Open on Double Click Windows 10/8/7

If you can't open folders by double-click in Windows 10, 8, 7, do not worry. You can use a reliable data recovery tool to recover the files or folders when desktop folders won't open or folder not opening. And some effective tips are provided to fix folder not opening on double click issue.

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Can't Open Folders on Double Click in Windows 10/8/7

"Please help, I'm not sure what happened. I can't open any of my folders that are on my desktop by double-clicking on them. Folders in my drive, external drive, and file explorer also couldn't be opened by double-clicking. Any solution?"

We've seen many issues that users can't open a folder, with error messages like this folder is empty, file explorer won't open, etc. Other than the mentioned incidents, double click won't open folders in Windows 10 becomes another hot problem that waits for troubleshooting.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Recover Files with Software Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition where you lost data...Full steps
Fix 2. Change Mouse Settings Type Folder Options in Search and click on "General" Tab. Choose "Double click to open an item"..Full steps
Fix 3. Adjust Double-Click Speed Go to "Control Panel", find and click "Mouse". Adjust the speed by dragging..Full steps
Fix 4. Check the Registry Entries Click on Start, type Run, and input regedit. The registry will open...Full steps
Fix 5. Adjust the Display Settings Right-click on the desktop and select "Display settings". Drag the toolbar leftwards...Full steps

In this article, we cover all the possible solutions to fix folders not opening in Windows 10/8/7. But before this, we highly recommend you try professional data recovery software to recover files in the inaccessible folder first to avoid unexpected data loss. After all, data security is the most important thing.

How to Recover Files from Folder Not Opening on Double Click

As said before, you should give priority to recover files from inaccessible folders before trying any fix. To do so, you can use EaseUS data recovery software. With this tool, you can quickly scan and recover deleted, formatted, hidden, and existing files on HDD, SSD, USB flash drive, pen drive, external hard drive, SD card, and so on with ease.

To recover deleted/hidden/existing files from a specific folder, you can run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and scan the folder that won't open. Then, recover and save the files inside to another location. 

Step 1. Select a location and start scanning.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition where you lost data, then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Preview and select the files.

Wait until the scanning completes. If you need to double-click the item to preview the file, then select the data you attempt to recover.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data.

Click "Recover", choose a location to save the recovered data, then click "OK". You should store the data in another place instead of the original one.

Recover lost data

Quick Tips to Fix Double Click Won't Open Files Windows 10/8/7 

We list all the possible methods here, try them one by one until you solve the problem.

1. Change Incorrect Mouse Settings

  • Type "Folder Options" in Search and click on "General" Tab.
  • Choose "Double click to open an item" under "Click items as follows". Then, click "OK".

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2. Adjust Double-Click Speed

If you have adjusted double-click speed on your mouse to 'fastest,' but you can’t click it fast enough to make it work. You need to change the speed.

  • Go to "Control Panel", find and click "Mouse".
  • In the middle area named "Double-Click Speed", adjust the speed by dragging. Then, click "OK".

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3. Check the Registry Entries

  • Click on Start, type Run, and input regedit. The registry will open.
  • Go to HKEY CURRENT USER > Control Panel > Mouse.
  • Find and open "Double Click Height key" & "Double Click Width key". Then change the value to 4.
  • Restart the computer now, after restarting your problem must be resolved.

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4. Adjust the Desktop Display Settings

Perhaps, each incremental system update/patch may cause the desktop display DPI scale of 100%, 120% or 150% to be incompatible with opening folders, File Explorer or This PC, etc. So, reverting the display settings to the earlier default should tackle the problem.

  • Right-click on the desktop and select "Display settings".
  • Under 'Change the size of text, apps, and other items: 100% (Recommended)', drag the toolbar leftwards or rightwards to the most suitable scale.
  • Go back to the desktop and see if the folders can be properly opened. If not, try a second time to adjust the display settings to a different scale.

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5. Run Antivirus Software for Virus Scan 

Install and run powerful antivirus software to scan and remove the virus, you can use Bitdefender, Norton, Kaspersky, or Avast to do it. Besides, remember to update the antivirus software timely. 

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Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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