Taskbar buttons occasionally unresponsive


  1. Posts : 985
    Microsoft Windows 10 Professional (x64) Build 19045.2846
       #1

    Taskbar buttons occasionally unresponsive


    Sometimes, I will get one or two desktop taskbar buttons. i.e.

    Taskbar buttons occasionally unresponsive-taskbar-buttons.png

    that wont respond properly, to the extent that if left click, nothing happens. In order to access the item, the browser, a fiIe explorer page, word doc, etc., I must do mouse hover to bring up the image, and then do a right click on the image to get to the target. Either that, or right click the button to close it, and then reopen, after which, the problem no longer exists.

    I've dealt with his for a long time. There doesn't seem to be any pattern. It's random. There may be only one button or multiple buttons on the taskbar, and only one or two of of a group buttons will be affected.
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  2. Posts : 2,197
    Windows 11 Pro (latest update ... forever anal)
       #2

    Same mouse all the time? If so, try another mouse.

    If wireless mouse, try another USB (current mouse and/or another mouse)

    EDIT : Also, does this happen at the same place/position/location on the Taskbar (same position on the screen) for no matter what program ?

    Does it only happen for programs already open, or are icons for inactive programs affected similarly (i.e. program won't open in the first place)?

    Check screen/monitor set to default/recommended resolution ?
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  3. Posts : 985
    Microsoft Windows 10 Professional (x64) Build 19045.2846
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Hi idgat,

    idgat said:
    Same mouse all the time? If so, try another mouse.

    If wireless mouse, try another USB (current mouse and/or another mouse)
    Done that.

    idgat said:
    Does it only happen for programs already open or are icons for inactive programs affected similarly (i.e. program won't open in the first place)?
    This applies to files, folders, programs, that have been opened and accessed by conventional means, and spent some time on taskbar. At some point during the work session, the focus will be directed elsewhere. and upon returning to the button in question the described behavior occurs. with zero obvious evidence as to why the access has been limited

    idgat said:
    Check screen/monitor set to default/recommended resolution?
    Same resolution since day one, for years.

    idgat said:
    EDIT : Also, does this happen at the same place/position/location on the Taskbar (same position on the screen) for no matter what program ?
    Well now, that's interesting. That never dawned on me, but I believe it does happen to buttons gathered around the center of the taskbar, and, If I'm not mistaken (?), if two buttons are affected at the same time, they are next to each other. But two buttons at the same time is rare. It used to happen like that more frequently in the past.

    How did you arrive at that?
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  4. Posts : 2,197
    Windows 11 Pro (latest update ... forever anal)
       #4

    kitpzyxmsir said:
    Well now, that's interesting. That never dawned on me, but I believe it does happen to buttons gathered around the center of the taskbar, and, If I'm not mistaken (?), if two buttons are affected at the same time, they are next to each other. But two buttons at the same time is rare. It used to happen like that more frequently in the past.

    How did you arrive at that?
    There is a phenomenon known as dead-(something-or-other?) (but not the dead pixels one) where locations on a monitor are dead spots to mouse pointers. If you can borrow a monitor .... (bit expensive at this stage to buy a new monitor to test a just-in-case scenario)
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Professional (x64) Build 19045.2846
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Something very odd related to my problem just occurred.

    While I was pondering our discussion, my taskbar button mouse hover started showing urls/file explorer locations instead of thumbnails.

    I discovered that in Advanced System Settings > Visual effects, "Save taskbar thumbnail previews", was deselected.

    I know I enabled "Save taskbar thumbnail previews" a long time ago. I am speechless at this coincidence. I have no clue how that happened.

    I enabled "Save taskbar thumbnail previews", and the thumbnails have returned.

    Any ideas on this. Could it possibly be related to the latest Windows Update?
    Last edited by kitpzyxmsir; 25 Mar 2023 at 15:32.
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  6. Posts : 2,197
    Windows 11 Pro (latest update ... forever anal)
       #6

    kitpzyxmsir said:
    Any ideas on this. Could it possibly be related to the latest Windows Update?
    Any changes to user's preferences that go against Microsoft default (read : "forced on user") settings are subject to change during the update process. A common practice ... if MS don't want you to use whatever setting you like, they'll just change it back. Sometimes it's deliberate, other times it's just poor (read : "lazy") update programming

    It happens.
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  7. Posts : 985
    Microsoft Windows 10 Professional (x64) Build 19045.2846
    Thread Starter
       #7

    idgat said:
    There is a phenomenon known as dead-(something-or-other?) (but not the dead pixels one) where locations on a monitor are dead spots to mouse pointers. If you can borrow a monitor .... (bit expensive at this stage to buy a new monitor to test a just-in-case scenario)
    You may very well be right, but just novice speculation here, the thing is, I can close the problem window, then reopen it in that same button position, and it works normally.

    Not to say that at some time later in the session, it may again revert to that dormant state.

    I was hoping I could find someone with the same issue.
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