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Mouse hover effects never stop

Yves Goergen 3 weeks ago • updated 3 weeks ago 2

Sometimes, after running Windows 10 for a day or a month, the taskbar starts exhibiting a weird behaviour. You know when you hover a taskbar item with the mouse, it gets that hovered appearance and shows a tooltip after a moment. Both disappear when the mouse moves out of the taskbar. But every now and then, the effects start to remain there. I move the mouse over a taskbar item and gets the hover effect. Then I move it out again, but the hover effect remains and the tooltip also appears. Explorer won't recover from this state.


I have no idea where this comes from. Is that a Windows Explorer bug that everybody has? Does 7+TT cause this? It's one of the apps that are more tightly hacking the Explorer process. The other one here is T-Clock. I need both so I can't tell whether it would be better without either of them.


Just asking if anybody else has this bug behaviour.


To resolve it, I need to restart Explorer. I've written a batch script for that. But Windows 10 has become more and more unstable over time. GUI updates are drawn slower and slower since about a year. A fresh reinstall doesn't help (Windows feature upgrades are broken anyway, don't use them). I have to restart Windows every few days now. Windows 2000/XP were probably at the peak of Windows' reliability. Now it's going down again.

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That's a known explorer bug which existed since Windows 7:

https://superuser.com/questions/61833/windows-7-taskbar-icon-highlight-sticks


Fortunately there's a simple workaround.

For Windows 7, it was enough to bring up the classic context menu with shift+right click.

For Windows 10, I noticed that sometimes a shift+right click fixes it, and sometimes it needs to be just a right click.


It can be nice to fix the issue with 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, but since it's difficult to reproduce, and since there's a simple workaround, I never really bothered. If you find a way to consistently reproduce the issue, please let me know.

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That's a known explorer bug which existed since Windows 7:

https://superuser.com/questions/61833/windows-7-taskbar-icon-highlight-sticks


Fortunately there's a simple workaround.

For Windows 7, it was enough to bring up the classic context menu with shift+right click.

For Windows 10, I noticed that sometimes a shift+right click fixes it, and sometimes it needs to be just a right click.


It can be nice to fix the issue with 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, but since it's difficult to reproduce, and since there's a simple workaround, I never really bothered. If you find a way to consistently reproduce the issue, please let me know.

Wow, thank you for the link. I didn't know this is a known bug. Unfortunately, I cannot reproduce it either.