Can't open more than 1 file explorer windows 10

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dormdude

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I built a new desktop about 4 month ago and I've had this issue ever since. On my task bar I have file explorer tabbed to it for easy access. I can click it once and it'll open up an explorer window. But if I right click the tab and click the "File Explorer" button it won't open a 2nd window. I have a laptop with windows 10 And i'm able to do it on there. I can't figure out why i'm unable to do the same on desktop. I've worked around it by just opening a folder on my desktop and that'll open a 2nd window for me but It's started becoming annoying enough that I want to fix it.
 

Colif

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hold win key + press E as many times as you want (ok, maybe not too many) as I just made 4 on my desktop

Try this
right click start button
choose command prompt (admin)
type SFC /scannow and press enter

SFC scans and fixes system files, it may fix this.
 

dormdude

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I'm kinda embarrassed by the fact that i don't know that shortcut. Thanks.
 
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If Explorer is pinned to the taskbar, a new window can be opened by clicking on it with the middle mouse button.
Works in Windows 10 also.
 
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