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Vim ~7.2

I've got three vertical windows.

If I give the :E command in the left window the entire window changes into the netrw file explorer.

If I give the :E command in the right window the entire window changes into the netrw file explorer.

But...if I give the :E command in the center window the center window splits horizontally and the top window opens into the netrw file explorer.

Is this default behaviour?

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:help netrw has this to say:

:Explore  will open the local-directory browser on the current file's
          directory (or on directory [dir] if specified).  The window will be
          split only if the file has been modified, otherwise the browsing
          window will take over that window.  Normally the splitting is taken
          horizontally.

I would say that your center window is not saved.

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