Opened windows don't have focus on Windows 10

Super User Asked on January 3, 2022

When I open a new window by right clicking an application in the task bar such as Visual Studio Code and select a recently opened project, the window does not have focus and the application icon in the taskbar flashes with orange background.

flashing icon

The window does not have focus and you need to click it manually to gain focus. It happens with all windows opened this way. If you open a window just by left clicking the task bar icon, it works properly.

I suspect this has started after installing an update from Windows Update called Razer Inc hidclass 6.2.9200.16473.
Windows has installed its latest 2004 version and I cannot find the update anywhere in the history to be able to uninstall it.

Any ideas how to fix this?

2 Answers

I can't duplicate your problem, so this must be some startup product that is stealing the focus.

It will be easier to use Window Focus Logger. Using the GUI version WindowFocusLoggerGUI.exe worked better for me than the batch version.

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For turning startup items off and on again, a better tool is autoruns.

Answered by harrymc on January 3, 2022

If you Right Click (not Hover) in Windows 10 2004, you should see a sub-Window offering various things to do, but not open the application. See the screen shot below.

Left click allows you to open the app.

I am thinking this may have been a modest change as Windows 10 evolved. Only very occasionally (once or twice in a week or two) would the icon flash. If this is your case, you can probably ignore it.

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If this is happening all the time, use the following steps:

(1) Open cmd.exe with Run as Administrator and run:

(a) dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth


Restart and test.

(2) If DISM / System File Checker do not fix this, run a Windows 10 Repair Install from the Microsoft Media Creation Link. Download the Windows 10 ISO to a USB Key and run Setup.exe on that key.

(3) If something has gone very wrong, you may need to back up Windows and Reinstall. In a good Windows 10 system, right and left click work properly. Make sure when doing this that all drivers (and BIOS) are up to date.

Addendum: I have also watched my own system and read articles on how Microsoft is changing things. So make sure this is not just one of the ongoing changes you are seeing.

Answered by John on January 3, 2022

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