Since 22H2, File Explorer windows sometimes spontaneously move to the front


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I normally close File Explorer windows after using them, but sometimes I forget, and since the 22H2 update, I've noticed that File Explorer windows sometimes spontaneously move to the front. After engaging in an arms race with developers in the 90's and 00's to stop programs from stealing focus in this way, Microsoft seems to have largely given up on preventing applications from doing this, but these Explorer windows are just sitting there doing nothing when it happens. They haven't completed any action and have no reason to try to get attention, which is usually why apps want to do this. I can't be sure, but this new behavior may have begun when File Explorer tabs were enabled, but using tabs is not a condition for the misbehavior. It definitely did not happen before 22H2. No other windows do this. Anyone else notice this?
 
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It happened just now when I clicked a Twitter trending link in Firefox. The File Explorer window was on the other side of the screen, so it couldn't be explained with bleedthrough, improbable as that would be. I wish it were reproducible, but it's apparently random and somewhat infrequent. Maybe I'll leave a File Explorer window open all the time to better assess the behavior.
 

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I have experienced this too. It started recently, and is extremely annoying.
And yes, I believe it started since the advent of the tabs.
 

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