Windows 10: Can Desktop icon highlights be maintained?

Discus and support Can Desktop icon highlights be maintained? in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Not sure how best to ask this really, but here's the cryptic question in more detail. I'm running Win10 Pro, 20H2. With my previous version of Windows... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Electrojim, May 4, 2021.

  1. Can Desktop icon highlights be maintained?


    Not sure how best to ask this really, but here's the cryptic question in more detail. I'm running Win10 Pro, 20H2. With my previous version of Windows (Vista), double-clicking a Desktop icon would open that file, program or whatever, but when the file was closed the Desktop icon remained highlighted until another was selected. That was handy. Over time I accumulate quite a clutter of icons, mostly for temporary stuff I'm working on. Come housecleaning time, it's easy to double-click a poorly-named icon to find out what it points to, and if the Desktop link or temporary Desktop storage is no longer required, the icon can be deleted. But now, once I click and see what's in that folder or whatever, when the full Desktop pops back I have to search-out that file among all the others. Is there a way to restore that function that I had with Vista?

    :)
     
    Electrojim, May 4, 2021
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  2. das10 Win User

    Can Desktop icon highlights be maintained?

    On my System, if I am on the Desktop and double click an Icon to run it, then after closing the window of whatever item it ran, it appears that the Desktop loses focus, but if I press the Win+ D hotkey to get back that focus, I can see that last Icon highlighted again.
     
    das10, May 4, 2021
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  3. Can Desktop icon highlights be maintained?

    Not sure how best to ask this really, but here's the cryptic question in more detail. I'm running Win10 Pro, 20H2.

    With my previous version of Windows (Vista), double-clicking a Desktop icon would open that file, program or whatever, but when the file was closed the Desktop icon remained highlighted until another was selected. That was handy. Over time I accumulate quite a clutter of icons, mostly for temporary stuff I'm working on. Come housecleaning time, it's easy to double-click a poorly-named icon to find out what it points to, and if the Desktop link or temporary Desktop storage is no longer required, the icon can be deleted. But now, once I click and see what's in that folder or whatever, when the full Desktop pops back I have to search-out that file among all the others. Is there a way to restore that function that I had with Vista?
     
    Electrojim, May 4, 2021
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  4. das10 Win User

    Can Desktop icon highlights be maintained?

    Can Desktop icon highlights be maintained?

    Now, this is strange.

    I just switched on another PC (running Windows 32 bit Home vs 64 bit Pro) to check this phenomenon, and not only does the Desktop not lose focus, but even the icon doesn't lose the highlight after it has been run !

    I don't know what to make of that. (Both of them are set up using very similar and basic backgrounds, colours, appearance & performance settings etc.)
     
    das10, May 4, 2021
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