I apologize for digging this post up from a long time ago, especially with my first post, but this is the ONLY information I could dig up on google about this issue, and I found an answer that works for me.
Klump, if you happen to come across this, check and see if you have "Launch folder windows in a separate process" checked in Folder Options. If you do, it will cause shortcuts to open up in a new window.
Then All I can say it is by default that a shortcut will always open a new window but if you are in window explore and you click a folder then a picture in that folder yes it will open a new window or a program that will open that file as it is associated to open with the program. unless you want to see all the thumbnail or picture slide by default.
there is a a small Icon called views select it whichever you want
then go to tools> folder option>view> Set as default>apply then close the explore the reopen.
other than that I could not say for sure if there is a work around to it.
it is desgin by defaul in Window OS
PS all shortcut usually point to a program.
Last edited by notsotechie; 10-23-2007 at 10:32 AM.
Wow I am so sorry. I completely misread your post. I went back and reread your original post and discovered that you are doing this through the Favorites toolbar. When I open shortcuts through the Favorites toolbar they always open up in new windows. I have no idea how you would change this behavior. I was referring to shortcuts in your My Documents folder, or any other folder. I think you may be stuck on this one, unless you can muscle some obscure setting out of a Microsoft VIP.
That's really weird. Like I said, I used to have the same problem, where even if I opened a shortcut to a folder inside of an explorer window, it would still open up a whole new explorer window to display the contents. Changing that one setting fixed it for me. Well, since I'm not getting the problem any more, heres a list of all the folder options that I have checked (unlisted ones aren't checked):
Use windows classic folders
Open each folder in the same window
Double-click to open an item (single-click to select)
Display file size information in folder tips
Display simple folder view in Explorer's Folders list
Display the contents of system folders
Display the full path in the address bar
Show hidden files and folders
Show and manage the pair as a single file
Remember each folder's view settings
Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color
Show popup description for folder and desktop items
Use simple file sharing (Recommended)
I also turned on and off the "Reuse windows for launching shortcuts" setting in Internet Options, and it appears to have no effect on regular explorer shortcuts, so I would pretty much ignore that suggestion.
I realize most of these are probably inconsequential, but I figure it's probably better to be thorough. If I find any registry settings I'll be sure to let you know.
Just found this thread in 2013, but with same problem. I double-checked settings like arpsmack suggested from 2007, then used blueboxguru's suggestion to open one of my shortcuts. At that point, everything started working again and I could double-click links to open them in the same window again. Not sure what happened to create the problem (registry issue? memory glitch? etc..?). Anyhow, it's working now - extra thanks to arpsmack and blueboxguru from 2013...
It seems this post is 10 years old but I had the same problem in Windows XP and could not find a solution. For what it is worth here is how I solved my problem.
Find a computer with Windows XP installed that behaves as you wish, i.e., folder shortcuts open in the same window. In HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT find the three keys called Directory, Drive and Folders. Export each to a .reg file. Back to the misbehaving computer, open regedit and delete each of the above named keys. After each deletion merge the exported key of the same name. Close regedit. No need to reboot. I found this fixed the problem.
I hope this helps.