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How can I open more than fifteen files on Windows 7 at once? I can do fifteen by selecting them and pressing enter, but if I try to select more, enter stops doing anything.

All the files are the same type — pictures.

  • AFAIK, you can't. – user541686 Jun 23 '11 at 3:02
  • @KContreau: Is it different for different kinds of files? – user541686 Jun 23 '11 at 3:03
  • all the files are the same type -pictures – chabad Jun 23 '11 at 3:06
  • @Mehrdad Yes, if the files are all opened by the same program, they can be opened by selecting them all and hitting enter, or right-clicking and hitting open. If they are not opened using the same program, you can't, and the open menu item won't be there when right-clicking. – KCotreau Jun 23 '11 at 3:07
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    @chabad Ahh, I understand the problem now. There is a limit. I will see if I can find a regisrty entry that breaks that limit. I was able to put 16 .jpg files in a folder, and if I click 15, the open menu is there, but click all 16, and no menu item. – KCotreau Jun 23 '11 at 3:13
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Open regedit and navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

Add this case-sensitive DWORD (32-bit) key:

MultipleInvokePromptMinimum

Set the value to

16

P.S. 16 is not a hard number, but actually indicates "unlimited", so putting in 17 probably will not work.

For screenshots see the source: Opening, editing, and printing multiple files by right clicking limit

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    +1 you just pwned me. :) Nice answer, this is actually very useful! Hope you get lots of upvotes! – user541686 Jun 23 '11 at 3:28
  • can i put in whatever number instead of 16? – chabad Jun 23 '11 at 3:40
  • @chabad Actually, if you read the last line, I just edited my answer a few minutes ago to address that exact question. – KCotreau Jun 23 '11 at 3:41
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    Based on some of the (now deleted) non-answers below, it's worth pointing out that you apparently need to type the 16 in hexidecimal mode, not in binary mode. There should be a radio button to select hex/dec when you enter the value. – nhinkle Jun 15 '13 at 3:20
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    The value of the number does matter, at least on my setup of Windows 7. If I set mine to 50, I can open that many songs at once, but cannot open 51. – Addison Aug 26 '17 at 16:55
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Depending on the application, it may be possible to use the File | Open dialog and select all the files (e.g. Microsoft Excel)

It could be more efficient too as the application will know best how to deal with the files (e.g. single instance / multiple instances, open them in a particular order, etc.)

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