Windows 10: Can't minimize to taskbar on a few programs.

  1.    14 Apr 2018 #1

    Can't minimize to taskbar on a few programs.


    Hello,

    I got a very weird problem with my Win 10 Pro: I can't minimize some apps to taskbar, because the button is greyed out.

    It happens only after some uptime (I keep my PC running 24/7).
    After a reboot all is working fine again.
    I can't say what causes this problem but after some time the minimize button get's greyed out on a few programs.
    so far I noticed it with Notepad, MIRC and Outlook 2016.

    Here is a screenshot of Notepad where you can see the minimize button greyed out:

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    this is annoying af. I couldn't find anything about this issue on the web yet.

    someone told me this might be the behavior when switched to Tablet mode but that is definitely disabled.

    all hints are welcome!

    thnx
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    15 Apr 2018 #2

    After doing some research, I've found very little information on this.

    Run SFC Command in Windows 10 Windows 10 Tutorials - someone claimed that running system file checker fixed this issue for them.

    Others said that restarting explorer or desktop window manager (dwm) helped, but I doubt this was a permanent fix.

    Would you mind running sfc and letting us know what it says, and if it fixed the problem?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    15 Apr 2018 #3

    I couldn't find anything about this issue at all. good that you had some more luck!

    I did 2x sfc /scannow - found nothing

    then I did Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth - that was finished successfully.

    I will reboot now and check if something changed within the next few days.

    will update you asap.

    thnx for help!
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    15 Apr 2018 #4

    Good to know, thanks very much, will be waiting to hear back from you! I do hope that fixes it
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    17 Apr 2018 #5

    somehow it became worse
    today I noticed that all new started notepads can't be minimized anymore. before it happened only with longer running processes.

    with switching to tablet mode I was able to force the active notepad to get the minimize button back. but it worked only for the active window and only twice. now it doesn't work anymore.

    here is a screenshot of new started notepads. none with minimize button.

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    any more ideas?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    20 Apr 2018 #6

    another update: noticed that problem also on IrfanView and FlashFXP now too.
    But also with Chrome, though a little different: it still got the minimize button, but it doesn't work.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    20 Apr 2018 #7

    I'm sorry to say, but at this point I'm clueless. Maybe someone else can chip in and suggest something?

    What do your "Tablet Mode Settings" look like?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    20 Apr 2018 #8

    What graphic card do you have and drivers installed?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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