Windows 10: Right-clicking File Explorer windows in Taskbar Solved

  1.    21 Dec 2015 #1

    Right-clicking File Explorer windows in Taskbar

    I'm not sure what caused this problem but it seemed to appear somewhat suddenly a few weeks back or so.

    Whenever I right-click a file explorer window (i.e. This PC, Downloads etc.) on the taskbar, I no longer get the option to Close window. The only things that appear when I right-click are a bunch of Pinned and Recent items. Many of the pinned items were not pinned by myself and whenever I try to remove one item from this list, a new one shows up (for example, a random document). I also always disable any option that shows recently used items, so I don't understand why those are appearing either.

    I have tried to go into the folder and search options in This PC and uncheck show recently used files and show frequently used folders in the Privacy section, but that doesn't seem to have any effect.

    I am wondering if this is happening for anyone else? It's somewhat of a superficial problem but I'd like to solve it if that's possible.
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    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1809 Build 17763.1 and W10 Insider Build 18252
       22 Dec 2015 #2

    Not sure why you have this behaviour but you can try holding down Ctrl and Shift when you right click and see if this gives you the "Close Window" option.
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  3.    07 Feb 2016 #3

    philc43 said: View Post
    Not sure why you have this behaviour but you can try holding down Ctrl and Shift when you right click and see if this gives you the "Close Window" option.
    This will show the "Close Window" option but is there any way to have the option show up by default, as it used to, when I right-click a file explorer window?
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  4.    13 Feb 2016 #4

    I was able to solve this problem by browsing to the following folder location:


    and deleting all the files in there. To get into the hidden folder, I had to copy and paste the previous folder location in Explorer.

    It seems to have solved the problem completely for now. If the problem reappears for some reason, I will provide an update.
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