Why does File Explorer Keep Opening?

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File Explorer or Windows File Explorer is the Windows native application that provides the graphical interface to users so that they can access the files stored on the system hard drive or some external drive.

It also provides users with some more options like Quick Access, Search option, Share option, and many more useful options to ease the work. All in all, it is one of the essential Windows applications and widely used too.

So it would be obviously irritating for you when the File Explorer is behaving absurdly. You might be experiencing that while working on any other application, the File Explorer keeps on popping up by itself. This might cause a great disturbance to you and deteriorate your workflow. In this guide, we would discuss what causes such an error and what are the best solutions to overcome it.

What are the causes of File Explorer Keep Opening?

Frankly, there is not a particular cause of this issue. However, the following are the possible reasons that can cause it.

  • A bug in the Windows might have caused File Explorer to misbehave, and it is not getting the command correctly. This is usually the main cause of File Exploring popping.
  • There might be some Corrupted Files present on your system that have caused this error in your display.
  • There might be some loose connections with your peripheral that is misleading the Autoplay to launch the File Explorer randomly. A loose connection can lead Autoplay to re-launch some files or folders frequently, thereby, letting File Explorer open randomly. However, this would only happen if Autoplay is turned ON on your device.
  • Another reason could be that your device got infected with a malware that is causing ‘File Explorer keep opening’ error on your system.
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How To Fix “File Explorer Keeps Opening” Error On Windows 10?

In the previous section, we got to know about the possible causes of the File Explorer popping up. Now we can plan your steps to fix the error. Let us see how we can do that.

Restart the Windows File Explorer

With lots of processes running side by side sometimes, it may cause misbehavior to one or more processes, including the File Explorer. So if File Explorer is misbehaving, you can try restarting so that the auto-opening stops. Here is how you can do it:

  1. Open Task Manager

    Open the Task Manager by right-clicking on the taskbar and choosing Task ManagerOpen Task Manager

  2. Search File Explorer

    Now in the running processes, search for File Explorer or Windows Explorer, depending on the version of Windows you are using.

  3. End File Explorer

    Right-click on it and choose End task from the context menu.End File Explorer

  4. Run new task

    Once the Explorer is closed, on top of the Task Manager window, click on File->Run new task.

  5. Run File Explorer again

    A box would be open type explorer.exe in the box and click OK to continue.Run File Explorer

  6. Restart the System

    Now restart your system, and after that, your problem must have solved.

If this solution did not work for you, then try the next one.

Remove the Autoplay

If you came across ‘File Explorer keep opening’ problem when you try to connect an external hard disk or USB drive, then it may be because of Autoplay. The connection might be loose, and each time your external device is connected, the Autoplay opens up the File Explorer, creating this problem. 

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This is how you can disable the Autoplay:

1. Go to Control Panel by searching it on the Windows search box.

2. Now change the default View by to Large icons or Small icons as per your preference.

Change Default View

3. Now you would see many options and in those choose Autoplay and click on it.

4. In the next Window, to disable the Autoplay, uncheck the Use Autoplay for all media and devices and click on Save.

Disable Autoplay

After performing all the above steps, restart your device and check whether the problem is gone or not. If it still remains, then maybe some of your system files are corrupted. In the next section, you can learn how to fix those.

Repair Corrupted System Files

Sometimes corrupted files on your system can also cause the File Explorer popping error. To fix that, follow these steps:

1. In the search box type Command Prompt, right-click on its icon and choose Run as administrator.

Command Prompt Run as Admin

2. In command line window type following command and hit the Enter key to start a full system scan:

sfc /scannow

3. The System File Checker would begin scanning for corrupted files on your system and fix them. Depending on the processing speed, it may take 5-20 minutes. Do not close the Command Prompt window until you see the message verification 100% complete.

Scan Started

After the above process is complete if you find this message: Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations; then, there are no corrupted files that System File Checker could find.

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Nevertheless, you reboot your system and check whether the File Explorer opening issue is resolved or not. If it is still happening, perform the next solution.

Perform Antimalware Scan

It is possible that there is a malware hidden on your system that is causing this problem. Scan your system with any good antimalware of your preference that could catch the hidden malware. Here MalwareFox is used to perform the scan:


After the full system scan, reboot the device. The problem must have been solved now.

Final Lines

In this post, we have discussed what the possible causes of the ‘File explorer keep opening’ issue are. Further, we discussed some methods on how to rectify those causes. These solutions should be enough to solve the error causing that problem. However, if you still could not resolve it, comment down. Also, if you have any other solution to fix it, please share that in the comment section.

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