Microsoft is fixing Windows 10 File Explorer’s long standing bug

Windows 10 File Explorer

The next Patch Tuesday update for Windows 10 looks set to
finally fix Microsoft’s bug-prone File Explorer search
experience.

Back in 2019, Microsoft shipped Windows 10 November 2019 Update
(version 1909) with quality fixes and other improvements,
including a smoother and faster search experience in File
Explorer.

Windows 10’s November Update added dedicated files preview UI
to File Explorer’s search box to display web-powered
suggestions and an attractive preview of files stored in local
storage and OneDrive.

Those search results show up in a dropdown menu as you type and
your search results are saved. However, Microsoft broke the
search bar for some users, and also disabled right-click
feature, preventing users from quickly deleting the search
history.

File Explorer search results

Some users also complained about File Explorer search box
reliability issues, including a problem where the search bar
becomes unresponsive after doing multiple searches.

With
Windows 10 KB4559004 for version 1909/1903, Microsoft
has finally resolved common reliability issues with File
Explorer search box.

File Explorer right click support

In addition, there’s a new close button to remove the search
item and Microsoft has also restored complete support for
right-click – a common complaint among users.

Microsoft is planning to bring these improvements to Windows 10
version 2004 (May 2020 Update) with next optional update or
August Patch Tuesday release.

File Explorer remove option

The next cumulative update for Windows 10 is also expected to
come with these File Explorer fixes:

  • Fix for an issue that causes File Explorer to stop working
    when users browse directories of raw images and similar file
    types.
  • Fix for an issue that causes UWP apps to close when File
    Explorer (explorer.exe) restarts unexpectedly.
  • Fix for an issue where File Explorer’s preview of .msg
    files doesn’t work when Outlook desktop app is installed.

A new optional update for Windows 10 version 2004 is expected
to begin rolling out later this week. As usual, improvements or
fixes included in the optional update will be shipped to
everyone with the next Patch Tuesday release, which is
scheduled to arrive on August 11.

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