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For a variety of reasons, I’m switching from Linux to Windows as my primary operating system. I’ve never used Windows at home, and very rarely at school, so I don’t know much about the software choices available. There are a lot of guides for people doing the switch in the opposite direction, but nothing for me.

I really like the “spatial mode” provided by the Nautilus file manager for Linuces — that's when a file manager opens a new window for every folder, does not open a new window for folders that are already open, and remembers all view settings for every folder. Like old Macs did (an eloquent defence of this approach can be found here). Is there anything similar for Windows 7? It seems like most of my workflows depend on it, and this is a constant source of frustration.

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You can enable this functionality in the standard windows explorer browser.

Open up a file window then press the ALT key to make the menu appear.

Select Tools then Folder Options

Turn on Open each folder in its own window

Each folder already remembers its own view setting.

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Thank you! this makes it more tolerable. Can I also get rid of the sidebar, the huge “details” strip in the bottom of the window, and the toolbars? Those options are not in Folder Options, and I’m going to have many windows, so real estate is important. –  akho Feb 26 '11 at 19:46
    
Click on the organise button in the top left then under layout untick Details Pane and Navigation Pane :) –  chunkyb2002 Feb 26 '11 at 20:06

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