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

Jean updated on Jul 23, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


If you can't open folders by double-click in Windows 10, 8, 7, do not worry. You can use a free data recovery tool to recover the files or folders with ease 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.

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.

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 free 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 for free.

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 to start finding data

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, please select a location where you lose your data and start to scan, like Desktop, Libraries, hard drive, external storage devices or lost partitions.

select the device

Step 2. Scan your partition

Click the "Scan" button and the software begins to scan your partition to find as much lost data as possible.

the software will scan the drive to find all of your data

Tips for finding wanted data

  • Extra Files: find files that lost names or paths
  • Filter: a quick way to your wanted files
  • Search: e.g. file name/file extension

Step 3. Preview and recover lost files

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard allows you to preview specific recoverable files. After the preview or file filtering, you can target the tracked files and press the "Recover" button to get everything you want back. 

recover wanted data from your devices

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 


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Frequently Asked Qusetions

1. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

2. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

3. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

4. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

5. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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