Windows 10: Open yet minimized program, does not open by clicking on desktop icon

Discus and support Open yet minimized program, does not open by clicking on desktop icon in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; When I already have a program thats open yet minimized, its in the toolbar at the very bottom with a blue bar below the program icon. I have a browser... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by mark4x4, Jan 31, 2020.

  1. mark4x4 Win User

    Open yet minimized program, does not open by clicking on desktop icon


    When I already have a program thats open yet minimized, its in the toolbar at the very bottom with a blue bar below the program icon. I have a browser and OpenOffice. When I click on the desktop icon for the browser, and its already opened and minimzed, it still opens a new browser window. Not so with OpenOffice, doesnt open the existing window for OpenOffice.

    Sometimes I just dont notice it, and yet try to keep clicking the icon on the desktop to open it and nothing happens.

    Is there a way to make the program open by clicking on the desktop icon even though the program is already opened but minimized.

    Windows 10 with current updates
    HP SFF

    - - - Updated - - -

    I can't edit my original post. But what I wanted to add, was when I click on the icon on the desktop (with the program minimized), the arrow cursor will change to the circle likes its doing something, but doesnt do anything. It does it for a good second.

    Probably not something most people are interested in, but I tell you I get caught trying to open via desktop and I just keep clicking it and clicking it, not realizing its already opened in the tray at the bottom. Tried it with a second OpenOffice file open, does the same thing.

    Definitely an oddity for W10!

    :)
     
    mark4x4, Jan 31, 2020
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  2. Desktop icons not responding on first click, opening other icons


    Win 10 Pro x64 1607, Classic Start desktop, setting=single-click open, system drive is fast SSD

    As detailed in another thread, I've had problems going from 1511 to 1607, but have settled in with the latter for the past week. To try to sort a couple of problems, I ran a in-place repair install last night. Since then, opening desktop icons has become a big problem:

    - programs icons are either very slow to open on a single click - 30 secs to minutes - or do not respond at all to the first click, but require a second one to open (not a double click). Some are not responding at all and I've been doing reinstalls to see if that's the problem.

    - icons are often opening another one entirely, typically the last one closed; e.g., I just opened an Excel file linked on the desktop, then closed it and then clicked on the link to open this browser. It reopened the Excel file and the browser. In other cases, it just opens the last one alone. In the cases of Fences, double clicking on the desktop opened the last program used (and closed). This type of thing has happened numerous times.

    - it appears that after the first opening, the icon or related icons in the case of a file manger (XYplorer) with a number of icons on the desktop, starts responding normally. Perhaps there's a clue in that?

    - this does not affect taskbar icons or programs opened from within file managers

    Since this started, I've run sfc /scannow, Windows 10 Manager and Tweaking.com's Windows Repair, the latter suggested on the 1511 to 1607 thread and best to stay away from. None have improved the situation.

    This is bizarre. Any ideas short of a clean install?

    Update: I did a system restore back to before the repair install, but the desktop issues continue.
     
    highstream, Jan 31, 2020
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  3. Remove Linux Desktop Icons

    I am not sure whether this will work (Ubuntu does not have icons like that on the desktop by default), but I suggest opening the trash bin and sweeping the icons into the window showing the trash bin.
     
    Peter1986C, Jan 31, 2020
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  4. Open yet minimized program, does not open by clicking on desktop icon

    Desktop icons not responding on first click, opening other icons


    In Safe Mode, I see the folders and everything else as normal, and programs and other files open with a single click. Since the clean boot takes a bit more work, I'll get to it sometime soon. For now, screenshot of desktop in Safe Mode (I have a feeling this iconless desktop was caused by the Tweaking.com utility suggested on another thread for dealing with a variety of 1607 problems).


    Open yet minimized program, does not open by clicking on desktop icon [​IMG]
     
    highstream, Jan 31, 2020
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