Question Windows file explorer window in my PC doesn't show and pop up anymore

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The Windows file explorer window in my PC doesn't show and pop up anymore in my Windows 10 computer. It does highlight on the Windows taskbar where I can see that that window is opened and also, I can hover over it with my mouse cursor and then its little explorer window icon pops up on the task bar but that's it, the big window itself doesn't show up or is accessible anywhere.
I have all latest updates of Windows 10 installed. What I tried already: I uninstalled a couple of apps which I think I had installed around the time this problem started happening. And I also updated all my drivers with my paid driver update tool. But all with no success.
I never had this kind of problem before and I don't know what else to do.
I could uninstall all remaining apps on my PC one by one and see if that fixes it but those are still quite a lot of apps and then I would need to re-install them later again. Not sure if I should do that.
 

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do you mean you can't see the it on the screen?
open something else.
hover the mouse pointer to the datetime on the taskbar
right click. cascade windows
Yes, I can't see the window on the screen. I tried what you said, and even though I have 4 other apps/windows open (next to my Chrome brower and file explorer), cascading them only sort of made the Chrome window a bit smaller and shows it centered left on the screen. The other windows don't show anywhere. I guess this is also a fault and all windows should have shown cascaded?
 

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https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows/bring-misplaced-off-screen-windows-back-to-your-desktop-keyboard-trick/

this is at least worth a try...

"Get Hidden Windows Back with a Keyboard Trick
There’s also a simple keyboard trick you can use if you don’t want to rearrange all your windows. First make sure you’ve got the off-screen window selected as the active window. You can do this by pressing Alt+Tab until that window is active or clicking the associated taskbar button.

After you’ve got the window active, Shift+right-click the taskbar button (because just right-clicking will open the app’s jumplist instead) and choose the “Move” command from the context menu.

At this point, note that your cursor changes to a “Move” cursor. Now, you can use your arrow keys to move the window. You should also just be able to tap any of the arrow keys and then move your mouse slightly to have the window pop back onto the screen. "
 
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https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows/bring-misplaced-off-screen-windows-back-to-your-desktop-keyboard-trick/

this is at least worth a try...

"Get Hidden Windows Back with a Keyboard Trick
There’s also a simple keyboard trick you can use if you don’t want to rearrange all your windows. First make sure you’ve got the off-screen window selected as the active window. You can do this by pressing Alt+Tab until that window is active or clicking the associated taskbar button.

After you’ve got the window active, Shift+right-click the taskbar button (because just right-clicking will open the app’s jumplist instead) and choose the “Move” command from the context menu.

At this point, note that your cursor changes to a “Move” cursor. Now, you can use your arrow keys to move the window. You should also just be able to tap any of the arrow keys and then move your mouse slightly to have the window pop back onto the screen. "
This was the problem. I got it solved now.
I hit alt+tab until the Windows explorer window was the front-most window. Then I hit alt + pressed Space, let go of both and hit M, then used the arrow keys to move the explorer window back on-screen. Because I had 'Extended desktop' in my Windows' Display settings, it was off-screen.
It went off-screen because I used to use a second monitor but then later on I didn't use the second monitor anymore and turned it off but you can still accidentally click and drag open windows on to it.
So I used the arrow keys to get the window on the visible portion of the screen. Thanks!
 
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So happy this problem got solved. Thanks! Do you also use an extendend desktop with one or more monitors?

I had also posted this problem to Windows' official support forum but I only got quite difficult and not usefull replies there.

Why would it be that the official support forum didn't come up with better replies?
Here is the link to it if you want to check it out:
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us...-4caf850ea4ac?tm=1554403421228&auth=1&lc=1043
 

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