How To Open Your Last Used Window from the Taskbar in One Click.


Taskbar Open Windows

During the process of copying and pasting, or moving files from one drive to another, you have to work with several windows open at the same time and you have to switch back to a particular window again and again during the process. However, when you move your mouse on the taskbar icon, it shows you the thumbnails of each open window. You can look at the thumbnails and click the one you want to go to.

The difficulty increases with an increasing number of open windows. To make the process simple, you can use a Registry hack that lets you click the taskbar icon to automatically open the last window used, which is even quicker and easier.

Warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool and misusing it can make your system unstable. But it will not a problem if you are going to follow our instructions properly.

Open Last Used Window from the Taskbar in Windows 10.

01. Press Windows +R and enter regedit to run the Registry Editor.

Registry Editor in Windows10

02. Go to the following Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

Registry Editor Settings

03. Go to the Edit menu and select New, then ‘DWORD (32-bit) Value’.

Registry Settings to open last used window

04. Enter LastActiveClick for the name, then double-click and set the value to 1.

open last used window using File Explorer.

05. Close the Registry Editor and restart Windows.

To test this, open three Explorer windows looking at different drives or folders. Cover them with a browser window, for example, then click the Explorer icon to switch to the last used Explorer window.

You can still use Explorer thumbnails to choose the particular open window by moving the mouse over the taskbar icon, but if you want the last used window, just Click the icon.   

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