Windows 10 users have reported a new problem in which when you select files or folders in File Explorer, these files & folders won’t be highlighted even though these files & folders are selected but are not highlighted therefore making it impossible to tell which one is selected or which are not.

It is a very frustrating issue because this makes it impossible to work with files & folders in Windows 10. Anyway, a troubleshooter is here to fix this issue so without wasting any time let’s see how to actually fix this problem in Windows 10 with the below-listed troubleshooting steps.

Fix File Explorer does not highlight selected files or folders

Make sure to  create a restore point  just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Restart Windows File Explorer from the Task Manager

1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.

2. Now find Windows Explorer in the processes list.

3. Right-click on Windows Explorer and select End Task.

4. This will close File Explorer and in order to restart it, click File > Run new task.

5. Type Explorer.exe in the dialog box and hit OK.

This will restart Windows Explorer, but this step only temporarily fixes the problem.

Method 2: Perform a Full Shutdown

1. Press Windows Key + X then select Command Prompt (Admin).

2. Type the following command in cmd and hit Enter:

shutdown /s /f /t 0

3. Wait for a few minutes as the complete shutdown takes more time than the normal shutdown.

4. Once the computer shut down completely, restart it. 

This should Fix File Explorer does not highlight selected files or folders but if you’re still stuck at this problem then follow the continue to the next method.

Method 3: Toggle High Contrast mode on and off

A simple fix for File Explorer does not highlight selected files or folders problem would be toggling High Contrast mode on and off. In order to do so, press left Alt + left Shift + Print Screen; a pop-up will ask “Do you want to turn on high contrast mode?select Yes. Once high contrast mode is enabled again try to select file & folders and see if you’re able to highlight them. Again disable High contrast mode by pressing left Alt + left Shift + Print Screen.

Method 4: Change Background Drop

1. Right-click on Desktop and select Personalize.

2. Under Background selects Solid Color.

3. If you already have a solid colour under background then choose any different colour.

4.Reboot your PC to save changes and this should able to Fix File Explorer does not highlight selected files or folders.

Method 5: Disable Fast Startup

1. Press Windows Key + R then type powercfg.cpl and hit enter to open Power Options.

2. Click on Choose what the power buttons do in the top-left column.

3. Next, click on Change settings that are currently unavailable.

4. Uncheck Turn on Fast startup under Shutdown settings.

5. Now click Save Changes and Restart your PC.

If the above fails to disable fast startup, then try this:

1. Press Windows Key + X then click Command Prompt (Admin).

2. Type the following command in cmd and hit Enter:

powercfg -h off

3. Reboot to save changes.

Method 6: Run System File Checker (SFC) and Check Disk (CHKDSK)

The sfc /scannow command (System File Checker) scans the integrity of all protected Windows system files and replaces incorrectly corrupted, changed/modified, or damaged versions with the correct versions if possible.

1.  Open Command Prompt with Administrative rights .

2. Now in the cmd window type the following command and hit Enter:

sfc /scannow

3. Wait for the system file checker to finish.

Again try the application which was giving error and if it’s still not fixed, then continue to the next method.

4.Next, run CHKDSK from here  Fix File System Errors with Check Disk Utility(CHKDSK) .

5. Let the above process complete and again reboot your PC to save changes.

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That’s it you have successfully Fix File Explorer does not highlight selected files or folders if you still have any questions regarding this guide then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.