Windows 10: Start button & right clicking on taskbar icons suddenly does not work

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  1.    19 Jul 2016 #11

    Left Click does nothing on start button

    ReasonSharp said: View Post
    Hi! I'm having this same issue and I haven't found a solution. Still, would you care to try a few other things? They don't work for me, so I'm just curious if they work for you:

    • Left-click on the date and time in your task bar. Does this open the calendar?
    • Right-click on the icon in the tray (normally next to date and time) that looks like a square conversation baloon. It should open a menu "Open action center" and "Turn on quiet hours". Click on "Open action center". Does the action center open?
    • On your keyboard press the [WinButton]+I (hopefully you have the windows button). Click "Personalization" on the screen that opens up. On the left menu click "Start", then click "Use Start full screen" once. Select another option on the left menu (no matter which), then go back to "Start". Did the system remember the change you made to "Use Start full screen"? (Toggling this is often offered as a fix to these issues, so if your system remembers the change, restart your computer, then try to use the start menu. You can always switch back to the way you prefer your start menu by repeating the steps here.)
    • Right-click on any empty spot on your taskbar, then open "Search" submenu in the menu that pops up. Click "Show search icon". Does the search icon appear/disappear from your taskbar?
    • Click on the search icon when (and if) it's in the taskbar (see previous point). Does anything happen?

    By the way, when you right-click on your start menu button, the menu that opens was always there, you just probably never used it. (I too found out about it only when I started having these troubles.)
    I was having the same problem. Of the five steps you list I tried the third. By going to Full Screen ON and then back to OFF, The menu came up fine when I left clicked. Thanks!
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  2. Posts : 10
    Win 10 Version 1709 ( OS Build 16299.15) 64 bit
       16 Dec 2016 #12

    rgreenthal said: View Post
    Something has suddenly changed on my computer (I used the AOL Computer Checkup program yesterday but this problem seems to have started today). Here are the two issues:

    • When I left click on the Start Button, nothing happens. If I right click, I get a pop-up menu that is different than the Start page and is all in black and white. I don't know if the right click menu was there before because I don't think I have ever tried that.
    • When I right click either the Word or the Excel icons in the taskbar, nothing happens (left clicking still opens the app as usual). In the past, if I right clicked the icon I would get a pop-up menu with the files that I had pinned to the taskbar plus the most recent files that I had used that weren't pinned.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Here's a slightly quicker version of the instructions.
    1. Press Ctrl-Shift-Escape to get the task manager.
    2. In the Processes tab, click on explorer.exe and click End Process. You'll get a confirmation dialog. Click "End Process" to confirm.
    3. From the File menu (still in the task manager), choose New Task (Run...).
    4. Copy/paste/enter the following command in the run box:
    cmd /c del %userprofile%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db /a
    5. Open the Run box again with File --> New Task (Run...). This time, enter this command:
    6. All should be okay now. Open the Start Menu and confirm that your icons are fixed now.
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