File Explorer stealing back focus when opening files from "Recent" listing


Sriram

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All,
Not sure if you have noticed the same happening for you, but it seems to be something that started after a recent update (I'm on Win 11 Enterprise 23H2 - 2261.3155). When opening files that are in the "Recent" list in File Explorer, after the associated program launches and loads said file, the Explorer window seems to steal back focus. I suspect it's due to Explorer pulling a refresh itself of the "Recent" section, putting the file I just launched to the top of the "Recent" list. I'm able to reproduce this about 8 times out of 10 attempts.

Just to be sure, I've confirmed that it happens with both local files on the hard drive as well as Onedrive files (irrespective of them being online-only or locally sync'd). Also, file type (i.e. notepad, word, pdf). Have any of you noticed this behavior? If I recall correctly, I've noticed this for approximately the past month, and have been on Win 11 since pre-public days.

Lastly, this is reproducible in other machines as well that I have the same build installed on (both newer laptops and desktops), so it does not appear to be hardware-related.

Thanks in advance for any feedback.
 
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Windows 11 Enterprise 23H2 - 2261.3155
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Welcome to the forum. See if the workaround I mentioned in post #2 of this thread helps you. I believe I mentioned incorrectly that the workaround was post #72 but its actually #73 in the thread referrenced in my post..
 

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